Hyderabad University has revoked the suspension of four Dalit scholars. The decision was taken by Executive Council of the University.
Earlier in the day, the Controller of Examination Professor V Krishna and Chief Warden Dr G Nagaraju of the University of Hyderabad have resigned from their administrative posts in protest against Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s statement that the action against students was taken by the executive committee.
More than 10 SC/ST teachers of the University yesterday resigned from their ‘administrative roles’ protesting against Irani’s remarks in Delhi that Dalit faculty members were also part of the University’s probe that eventually led to the expulsion of research scholar Rohith Vemula and four others.
The teachers alleged that baseless and misleading statements by Irani were bringing down the morale of the Dalits holding administrative positions in the university. Meanwhile, the two-member fact-finding committee sent by the HRD Ministry to probe the suicide is likely to submit its report in a day or two. On the other hand, the students’ protest over the Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide has entered the fifth day today. The agitating students have been demanding immediate actions the responsible, removal of suspension and cases against them and just compensation to the kin of Rohith Vemula.
Rohith, a second-year research scholar of Science, Technology and Society Studies Department, and others were suspended from the hostel last year following allegations that they attacked ABVP leader Sushil Kumar after the screening of a controversial documentary ‘Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai’.
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Earlier this month, five students were thrown out of the hostel after they accused the university authorities of denying them access to campus facilities, except their classrooms and workshops. The 28-year-old victim from Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district was found hanging at the hostel room of one of his friends around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.