Any political movement belong with Telangana state, it begins from Osmania University. This year, Osmania University Arts College is celebrating 75 yeas of its existence.
The Arts College was inaugurated on August 28, 1919. It was temporarily housed in eight rented buildings in Gun foundry area with 25 teachers and 225 students. Later it moved to the new campus in 1939.
The construction in pinkish granite stone represents a harmonious blend of the pillar and lintel style of Ajanta and Ellora. The arches of the building are of Indo-Saracenic tradition. The building is one of the heritage structures in Hyderabad. The diamond jubilee of the college building was celebrated in December 1999.
Now, the university has become the face of the Telangana movement.
The alumni of the college students had participated in the platinum jubilee celebrations. Prof K.Madhusudan Reddy, who studied in the college in 1950, says that it was one of the best universities in the entire south India in those days.
Another former principal of the college, Prof KS Upadhyaya, has also expressed a similar opinion. "Arts College has produced many academicians, leaders and bureaucrats. But where do we stand in the studies now?" he asks.
Some of the students claim that, varsity is loosing its shine. The university building is a landmark in the heritage of the history.
Most of the departments in the university is facing lack of facilities and faculties. The departments like French, German, Kannada, Tamil and Marathi have only one professor each.
"The Russian department had shut down because there was no one to teach the subject to the permanent faculty members retired," said Prof. Mallesh Sankasala, former principal of the Arts College.
One of the professors said that, because of lack funds the varsity is in academic slowdown.
Currently, the University has a campus of 1600 acres with 3 lakh students. It is one of the largest varsity in India.