Hyderabad University revokes suspension of research scholars, V-C to meet students today

HCU vice chancellor Professor Appa Rao, who has temporarily moved out of the university, is also expected to meet the protesting students today.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: January 21, 2016 5:34 pm
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Hyderabad Central University (HCU) has revoked the suspension of the five research scholars, including Rohith Vemula who committed suicide on Sunday, with immediate effect.

Sources in the university administration have told The Indian Express that the decision was taken in an emergency meeting of the Executive Council (highest decision-making body) of the university and will be communicated soon to the agitating students on campus. This, HCU officials added, has been done to calm rising tempers on the university campus, which has virtually stopped functioning for the last four days.

READ: Sack vice chancellor, demands Arvind Kejriwal

HCU vice chancellor Professor Appa Rao, who has temporarily moved out of the university, is also expected to meet the protesting students today. Rao, sources close to him claim, is living in an undisclosed location as he has been advised by the state police to stay away from the campus. Strangely, he hasn’t personally met any of students on campus ever since the news of Vemula’s suicide surfaced.

READ: Dalit professors resign from Hyderabad university in protest against Rohith Vemula’s death

In November last year, the HCU’s Executive Council had expelled five students, who happen to be from the Dalit community, from the hostel and barred access to public places on campus. They were, however, allowed to attend lectures and pursue their research in the university. The students were punished for allegedly assaulting an ABVP student leader on campus.

The issue snowballed into a political story this week after, Vemula, one of the suspended students, committed suicide in a hostel room on Sunday evening.

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    PCKULKARNI
    Jan 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm
    First sign of capatulation
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      Andrew
      Jan 21, 2016 at 9:47 pm
      Anti Indian BJP must be thrown out of India.. BJP should remember that creating communal and caste divide for its selfish electoral gains destroys the very idea of India.. But of course, that's exactly what Anti Indian BJP wants..
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        Arun
        Jan 21, 2016 at 4:50 pm
        Caste system was introduced by a Brahmin named Manu, who is a forefather of the founders of RSS around 400 AD, much before the British or the Persians came to India. Indians were divided as Brahmin, Kshatrya, Vysya and Sudra. The Sudras were treated like animals and were never allowed to acquire knowledge through education. The present day Dalits belong to this division. Please read Ambedkar and Periyar's writings to understand more, if interested.
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          Arun
          Jan 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm
          Matriculate Smiti Irani has realized that her stupidity will cost RSS in the forthcoming elections. Without her verbal instruction the suspension of the scholars would not have been revoked.
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            arc
            Jan 21, 2016 at 10:28 am
            The ABVP goon shd be expelled because the death resulted from a tissue of lies he and his father propagated. Cases should be filed against them and also dattatreya, Smriti Irani and each education ministry official who pressured the university to take action against the Dalit.
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              Barb Dewyre
              Jan 21, 2016 at 11:11 am
              And you think Gajendra Chauhan is qualified and intelligent? And he got the position of through merit? You are right about this being the trend now. It starts with the Council of Ministers and percolates all the way down.
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                Barb Dewyre
                Jan 21, 2016 at 11:55 am
                If only you were half as intelligent as you are abusive. This guy DID NOT take admission under the reserved category. And I hope to God that you face the full force of a government against you once these pseudo ministers go.
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                  Barb Dewyre
                  Jan 21, 2016 at 3:27 pm
                  Sure can. To begin with, a persons caste was determined by his chosen profession and not birth. As time evolved, it became a heriditary issue and those who did not do menial jobs started looking down on those who did. Krishna and Valmiki are from an era before the degradation started.
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                    Barb Dewyre
                    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm
                    That's why incidents against Dalits happen in India even today? Why did Hyderabad happen.? You all are better educated because the missionaries that converted you gave you education so that you could understand the bible! There is a difference between intelligence and education, which in your case is obvious. 65 years of inclusion to make up for 5,000 years of subjugation? Most of the present Dalit students in the university are first generation students.
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                      Rajesh
                      Jan 21, 2016 at 10:53 am
                      *things
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                        Rajesh
                        Jan 21, 2016 at 10:56 am
                        All of that will happen in your fantasy world.
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                          Rajesh
                          Jan 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm
                          IE, according to the poll on your own website, 65% of respondents said they dont believe this is a matter for the PM to interfere in at all. Please explain why you pressutes are pushing the agenda that the majority of people have rejected.
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                            Karunakaran
                            Jan 21, 2016 at 10:36 am
                            India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media. Is is purely disgusting. Even the political leaders of Nepal and Maldives are too dignified to run after the goras for selfies.
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                              Abhi
                              Jan 21, 2016 at 11:14 am
                              Now reservation on issue of discipline also . Dalits SC/ST would not be punished in any university and college or even school. I thinks the laws are being misused . we are going more and more backward from year 1950
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                                anita
                                Jan 21, 2016 at 11:07 am
                                stupid ,do u read news everyday?he did not get admission through reservation but compete with other students and got his place.........
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                                  Kevyaar
                                  Jan 21, 2016 at 11:53 am
                                  If only the VC, the academic staff and the administration do their job properly - without bias and politicisation - educational insutions will be peaceful. Of late, the involvement of the academic staff in caste politics has become so rampant that at least in Hyderabad, all the universities, OU, EFLU and UOH, have become known not for their academic achievements but for politics. The students, instead of being counselled to be better students, are brain washed. Innocent and bright students like Rohit get caught in this unnecessary caste politics, and ruin their lives. The EC opened its eyes only after a bright student sacrificed his life. What a sad state of affairs?
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                                    rakar
                                    Jan 22, 2016 at 10:40 am
                                    The divide is based on what you are and what you do AND not based on your birth... If i am from upper caste and do not educate properly , i live the life of begger... If the person born in lower caste is enlightened and have superior knowledge, he can live life of an elite individual...
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                                      hotopic
                                      Jan 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm
                                      what research does all these scholars have been working on?
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                                        hrishi
                                        Jan 21, 2016 at 11:35 am
                                        you are living on taxes paid mostly by open category people. this is our land as much as yours and reservation is just some facility not your birthright.
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                                          George Cruz
                                          Jan 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm
                                          Hindutva has been always there in India for thousands of years but has been suppressed by the British first and now the congress party using the clic divide/rule based on the religion/caste. The congress party is responsible for the communal disharmony and intolerance in India today because they are and have been dividing the people of India based on religion/caste for their self interests and not in the interests of the country. A Christian realizes the ethics of hard work, getting education and strive to be productive in life. That's the reason Christians have highest percent of education in India and never indulged in the terror activities. The conversion activities carried on by the foreign missionaries with vested interests is getting bad name to the Christians in India. The facts are that the majority of the Indian potion based on Hindu principles and if foreign religions try cut their religious fabric using conversions is not a good thing. I don't understand the BLIND support to the congress party by the educated Christians.
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                                            George Cruz
                                            Jan 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                                            That's total non sense. HAven't Dalits have been getting help from the government for the last 65 years in terms of quotas/reservations in education/jobs??? Why can't Dalits work hard and compete with the rest of the Hindus instead of demanding/relying on quotas/reservations and freebies??? Don't Dalits have brains????
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