The move to shut down colleges and universities in the region come as the government felt that students were taking the movement for a separate Telangana state into their hands.
All junior, degree and university or post-graduate colleges in Telengana, which comprises 10 districts, including Hyderabad, will remain closed for 15 days from Dec 4, the government said in an order.
All government, aided and private colleges including engineering, MBA, MCA, Pharmacy and Law colleges will remain shut till Dec 18.
The decision to declare holidays was taken after Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy held a meeting with ministers from the region to review the situation in view of the continuing hunger strike by Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao.
Hundreds of students on Thursday, Dec 3, took out rallies in different parts of Telangana, expressing solidarity with the TRS leader.
Osmania University campus was rocked by violence. Police had used force against the students, evoking strong reaction from various political parties.