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.

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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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