Rohith Vemula suicide: Protesting students refuse to talk to faculty members

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Hyderabad, Jan. 21 (ANI): Students protesting the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a PhD scholar at Hyderabad Central University (HCU), on Thursday refuse to talk to faculty members who went to the protest site.

“We came here to talk to the protesting students, but they refused, so we are going back,” said Sanjay,” a faculty member.

Earlier on Thursday, at least, 13 faculty members – including Professor V. Krishna, controller of exams, Chief Medical Officer Dr Ravendra Kumar, 10 hostel wardens and chief warden Nagaraju – put in their papers from their respective posts.

“We are deeply hurt by Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani’s press conference, yesterday (on Wednesday), where we got labelled as Dalits,” said Dr. Ravindra Kumar, adding that it’s like adding salt to our wounds.

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“We are about 40 people in Hyderabad University’s SC/ST faculty forum, of which 12-13 hold administrative posts,” Dr. Kumar.

“We thought that the Government doesn’t require our administrative acumen, so decided to lay down admin posts,” said Dr. Kumar.

Rohith Vemula and four others were suspended in December, and a month later Vemula hanged himself to death on the university campus. (ANI)

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