Maintain Status Quo on BRAOU, Telugu Varsities: HC

HYDERABAD: A division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday directed both Telangana and AP state governments to maintain status quo with regard to functioning of Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University and BR Ambedkar Open University.
The bench further directed that the secretaries of higher education of both the states to hold a meeting at 2 p.m. on Sept 3 in the chambers of the secretary to higher education of Telangana and to inform the outcome of the meeting to the Court on the following day i.e. Friday. Both the Universities are listed in the 10th Schedule of the AP Reorganization Act, 2014. The bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale and Justice S V Bhatt was passing these interim orders in petitions filed separately by the AP government, Prof P Chenna Reddy of Telugu University and a taken up matter. The bench decided to club all these three cases for hearing.
On an earlier occasion, the bench advised that both the state governments have to keep aside their differences and take an appropriate decision on the issue in the interests of the students.
The AP government, in its petition, sought continuation of services of the Telugu University at its campuses located in Rajahmundry, Srisailam and Kuchipudi in AP.  The varsity, vide its order dated Aug 19, 2015, has stopped extending services in the campuses located in AP state.
In another petition, Prof Chenna Reddy complained that the university has transferred him to AP state in the middle of the academic year in spite of instructions from the governor. He sought directions to the authorities to continue him in service in Hyderabad main campus till bifurcation of the varsity or completion of academic year and with all consequential benefits.

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