According to the report, security officials anticipated protests from students of Osmania University against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of Dalits and minorities, and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao over lack of government recruitment in the newly formed state.
The Indian Science Congress is usually held in the first week of January every year. But as Dr Rajesh Kota, student leader of the Progressive Democratic Students' Union says, the reason behind the protests isn't that simple. "We were fully prepared (to host the event)", he said.
Thirupathi, a leader of the Telangana Movement and a student leader in Osmania University, spoke of how officials can not officially talk against the government. The announcement made by the university was made under pressure form the government.
"More so, the university is officially on holiday for 40 days when the Science Congress is to take place. In fact, Osmania University is celebrating the centenary year and was hence chosen as the venue to hold the event". It is absolutely unprecedented.
"I am disappointed and not happy with the situation", says nanotechnologist Ashutosh Sharma, secretary of India's Department of Science Technology in New Delhi, which helps partially fund the congress.
"The 105th annual session of the Indian Science Congress is being postponed due to this development and the executive committee of ISCA will be meeting on December 27 to decide on the future course of action", Samanta said in a statement. The event may be postponed and relocated to another university.