As per the Election Commission (EC) schedule, graduate MLC elections in Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahbubnagar and Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda constituencies will take place on March 14, with the election procedures slated to conclude only by March 22. In view of this, the VC appointments will be postponed.
Official sources confirmed to TOI that the state government has not written any letter to the EC seeking exemption to appoint VCs for the state universities. However, the Osmania University (OU) research scholars submitted a letter to the EC on Wednesday seeking exemption and going ahead with the VC appointments. Research scholars argue that the process of VC appointment began much before the election notification was issued.
“University students have been facing various problems such as academics, hostels, recruitments which are not addressed by any of the OU authorities… Only with the appointment of VCs, most of the problems can be addressed. Request you to kindly consider and exempt Telangana government from election code of conduct to appoint VCs to universities in Telangana,” read a representation submitted by research scholars to Dr Shashank Goel, chief electoral officer, Telangana.