Friday, January 22, 2016

Suspension revoked but the storm intensifies

Suspension revoked but the storm intensifies
Hyderabad:  The storm over the suicide of a dalit student in Hyderabad University intensified on Thursday, 21st January 2016 despite the revocation of the suspension of four of his co-research scholars as the Controller of Examinations and 12 other faulty members belonging to SC/ST communities gave up their administrative posts in solidarity.
Wilting under relentless pressure from the students agitating for the removal of the Vice Chancellor Appa Rao and punishment for those responsible for the suicide of Rohith Vemula, the varsity Executive Council met and decided to "terminate" the punishment imposed on the students.

Revocation of 4 students came after Delhi Chief Minister Aravind Kejriwal, who visited Hyderabad Unversity campus, issued a strong statement urging the apology by Union Miniser Smrithi Irani for her misguiding statement. He also demanded removal of VC. 

But the protesting students were not satisfied with the revocation of the suspension and burnt copies of the EC decision.

In solidarity with the students, the Controller of Examinations, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Warden were among the 13 faculty members belonging to SC-ST communities who gave up their administrative posts which they were holding as an additional responsibility.

Vijaya Kumar, one of the students, whose suspension was revoked, said this was not enough.

"The VC must go. This (revocation) is a welcome decision. But we can't celebrate it because Rohith is not there. We are not able to accept your decision. We have other demands like appropriate compensation and a job for one of the members of Rohith's family.

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