Ex-ABVP member appointed to executive council of Hyderabad University, student unions protest

"We do not want politicians in our committees and constituted bodies. This kind of appointments curb academic freedom," a statement issued by a student organisation said, condemning the appointment.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published:February 9, 2016 7:56 am
Policemen stand guard as security men check the identity cards of students arriving at the Hyderabad University in Hyderabad, in India, Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016. Hundreds of students on Tuesday angrily protested the death of an Indian student who, along with four others, was barred from using some facilities at his university in the southern tech-hub of Hyderabad. The protesters accused Hyderabad University's vice chancellor along with a federal minister of unfairly demanding punishment for the five lower-caste students after they clashed last year with a group of students supporting the governing Hindu nationalist party. (AP Photo /Mahesh Kumar A.) Policemen stand guard as security men check the identity cards of students arriving at the Hyderabad University in Hyderabad. (AP Photo)

The appointment of an academician – who allegedly has links with the ABVP, BJP and RSS – to the Executive Council of University of Hyderabad has turned into a controversy with student unions alleging what they term the saffronisation of the Executive Council. The appointment of Dr O Srinivas Reddy was made by President Pranab Mukherjee on February 8 in his capacity as the Visitor of the University of Hyderabad.

Dr Reddy is the chairman of Jagruti Group of Institutions which include half a dozen engineering and science colleges. He is also an active member of sports associations in Hyderabad including chess, badminton and karate. Dr Reddy was president of ABVP of the Greater Hyderabad Unit from 1990 to 1991. He is also the chairman of Saraswathi Vidya Nilayam at Suryapet which is run on RSS principles. He also serves as a member of the AP Consumers Association, and an advisor to the Osmania University Old Students Association.

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The appointment of Dr Reddy, at a time when the protest over the suicide of Rohith Vemula continues at the University of Hyderabad, has angered a section of the students. “The BJP at (the) Centre is playing games with students’ lives. What does it mean to appoint a person with political leanings to the executive council?” a member of the Students JAC for Social Justice said.

“We do not want politicians in our committees and constituted bodies. This kind of appointments curb academic freedom,” a statement said, condemning the appointment.

After Dalit scholar Vemula committed suicide on January 17, the Students JAC has been demanding the resignation of vice-chancellor Prof P Appa Rao accusing him of taking action against five students including Rohith at the behest of the Union Human Resource and Development Ministry. The JAC is also accusing the Centre of trying to promote right wing sympathisers in the university.

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    Amit
    Feb 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm
    IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
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      Amit
      Feb 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm
      IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
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        Amit
        Feb 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm
        IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
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          Amit
          Feb 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm
          IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
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            Amit
            Feb 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm
            IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
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              Amit
              Feb 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm
              IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
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                Amit
                Feb 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
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                  Amit
                  Feb 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                  IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
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                    Amit
                    Feb 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm
                    IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress .
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                      Amit
                      Feb 9, 2016 at 12:01 pm
                      IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
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                        IML sood
                        Feb 9, 2016 at 10:10 am
                        Sure those who are opposing are not real students but Cong./Aaaptatd/Left lickers who have been controlling these unions since long. They were put there not for study but for advancing their political ideas otherwise how could they have any problem with these appointment if they only have study aim in their mind. One can see JNU where almost every Union is full of such roughs who are always ready tocome out for agitation whenever their masters just wink. Shame on such students.
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                          Sood IML
                          Feb 9, 2016 at 4:04 am
                          See how these student unions which have become dens of anti national forces always oppose patriotic forces! Why people do not open their eyes to see how danger of some fanatics is endangering the peace and calm of the world. If things allowed to go on like this the country may run into danger of unrest which is the hidden aim of these anti national forces. The Cong. Rules in previous years were worried only about vote bank putting country's safety at risk which we cannot afford now.
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                            PCKULKARNI
                            Feb 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                            At least try to learn some basics before commenting
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                              Saurabh
                              Feb 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm
                              VC is appointed by President on recommendation of MoHRD and the president has to accept names given by Ministry. Only MoHRD has power to give names of candidates for VC post. Do some study before commenting.... Or else u r making fool of urself.
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                                Saurabh
                                Feb 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm
                                Why don't you check HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX of Indian States. Kerala is first among other states. Check it.. Dumbo
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                                  Saurabh
                                  Feb 9, 2016 at 8:57 am
                                  Why are people with political background getting into administration of University and colleges? This govt doesn't care about qualifications of person but wants same ideology people in administrative circles
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                                    AARAAM
                                    Feb 9, 2016 at 5:03 am
                                    Moral of the above story: Only those who hold rights to condemn can have political affiliations- be it left or middle or devoid of right. Only they can speak on political matters condemning politics albeit by being members of another political party. They are not fish, though they too swim in same (Political) water? They are- what we call mermaids? (Or, as per -however much we try to unscramble the term- The right-wings, don't have any rights to say or do anything as w sole rights lie with these people forever?) One another query: Do these people who cry now - on so called however much we try to unscramble-term-right -wings- swear, of not having any political ambitions at all, or only theirs are legitimate and only they are rule-setters; others have no rights? '' I mean, these are confusing arguments and confuse too, on the notion whether we can call ourselves, a democracy?''.
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                                      ABHIJIT
                                      Feb 9, 2016 at 8:46 am
                                      Its not about the left or the right. We the student community doesn't support either of them. You keep the politics but we want educational reforms and policies so that we don't lose more students in the name of discrimination. 'social boycott', really !!!!,In this time. Just image what a 25year old would feel when he/she is socially boycotted. Disgrace man. I mean this is an intense fight for social justice. We don't want politics here.
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                                        Anand Sudan
                                        Feb 9, 2016 at 1:27 pm
                                        An elected Government is competent to make nomination to the council.what is wrong with it? Students have no say in it.
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                                        1. अशोक.गोविंद.शहा
                                          Feb 9, 2016 at 3:04 am
                                          vande mataram-most delibrat attempt to de fame RSS are they not national? ex credential should noy be question motivated attempt to de fame samgh parivar but voters knows better and understand the gimmicks of seculars ja g te raho
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                                            BHAGWAT GOEL
                                            Feb 9, 2016 at 3:23 am
                                            IDEA IS RIGHT BUT TARGET WRONG. THE REAL PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE KEPT AWAY FOR HOLDING POSITIONS ARE COMMUNISTS,LEFT AND NOW NSUI UNDER PAPPU/TURNING ROWDY RAHUL @ RAUL VINCI. COMMUNISTS AND LEFT ARE TRAITORS AND INDULGE IN HOOLIGANISM WHILE NSUI DEVOID OF CREDIBLE LEADERSHIP ARE FAST TURNING INTO ROWDIES. STUDENTS SUFFER. LET US NOT FORGET THAT IT WAS JAWAHAR LAL WHO DECLARED COMMUNISTS AND THEIR ILK AS TRAITORS SUGGESTING THEY NEED TO BE HANGED FROM FIRST AVAILABLE POLE. THEY SHOULD, AT LEAST, BE BANNED FROM EDUCATIOAL INSUTIONS., PREVENTING THEM POLLUTING GOOD STUDENTS.
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