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In a video which has surfaced on social media, one of the four PhD scholars, who were expelled from University of Hyderabad along with Rohith Vemula, is seen refusing to accept the PhD degree from VC Appa Rao as a sign of protest.
The incident occurred during the 18th convocation ceremony of the university and the video was uploaded by one Ilas Ul Haque, another student at the UoH. The student who is seen refusing to accept his doctorate degree is identified as A Sunkanna.
PhD scholar Rohith Vemula had committed suicide in January this year leading to protests by students who alleged Dalit students were discriminated against in the University.
Vemula’s suicide gave rise to a massive outrage across the country following which VC Appa Rao had to step down from his office. A case was also registered against him under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
However, he resumed office after two months in March. The student, A Sunkanna told The News Minute that he had not planned this in advance and decided only when he saw VC Appa Rao was presenting the degree to students.
The video has been shared more than 2,700 times and viewed by around 14,000 people so far.