Watch: UoH dalit scholar, expelled along with Rohith Vemula, refuses to accept PhD degree from VC Appa Rao

UoH protests: The video has been shared more than 2,700 times.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 6, 2016 2:12 pm
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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.

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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.

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    Srividya Jayaraman
    Oct 2, 2016 at 9:31 am
    Don't worry with this PhD he will.be only fit for cleaning toilets and you can also.accompany him
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      Srividya Jayaraman
      Oct 2, 2016 at 9:26 am
      This same thing will happen in work culture. If the Upper cl.does.the same thing to these people.They will.crying and file an atrocity case. If they do to the Upper clasd.it's ok. If such things happen in Private college they will be thrown out .
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        Jayakumar
        Oct 2, 2016 at 11:49 am
        Just to create a drama and publicity. Don't go to the stage if you do not want the degree. It has been clarified that Vemula was not SC OR ST. He was a BC. This is pure left politics.
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          Anil Kalaga
          Oct 2, 2016 at 11:56 am
          This Sunkanna should be whipped. He is a dalit donkey.
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            bitterhoney
            Oct 2, 2016 at 11:19 am
            Well done boy. I salute your courage.
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              Chandrashekhar Deshpande
              Oct 2, 2016 at 10:04 am
              Not acceptance the 'Degree' from someone's hand,the concern should have taken the 'Degree in absentia' and this is a usual practice in universities. By coming to the place and showing that he is doing some great thing to the world by not taking the degree at the hands of VC, who may be, it is showing the same element of castism on his part.Castism do not only reflects abuse to somebody but at the same time, it can be used by a fellow from minority group to majority and its vice versa. and it eloquence to the standard that, concern is possessed .
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                Vijayaraghavan
                Oct 2, 2016 at 10:18 am
                Who has signed his PhD certificate? Surely, it would have been the VC only. Will he tear off the certificate with VC's signature? Except for making news paper headlines, what do such protests achieve? It may have, in fact, negative impact on his career.
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                  yunus
                  Oct 2, 2016 at 7:51 am
                  Weldone my friend. Its a slap on Brahminical actrocities.
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                    kamath Ramesh
                    Oct 2, 2016 at 10:43 am
                    First let him get a job on his merit then speak of becoming PM. He may demand quota for getting job as well. Now there are many people in the queue to become PM soon he would not get the chance. Let him not demand the quota for becoming PM also.
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                      kamath Ramesh
                      Oct 2, 2016 at 10:40 am
                      Is he going to work only under dalits or he will accept the job under non dalit? Now let him find a job for himself on merit. Here also he may demand quota. These are shame on nation.
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                        kamath Ramesh
                        Oct 2, 2016 at 10:27 am
                        It is childish on the part of the scholar to refuse to take degree from VC. It is purely publicity stunt and insult to the chair. If VC is guilty law must punish him and he must be removed as VC.
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                          kamath Ramesh
                          Oct 2, 2016 at 10:38 am
                          What exemplary action? The certificate must have been signed by VC and is issued by the university in which VC is officiating, has he not accepted this? Why you raise the issue of dalit or non dalit? If VC is guilty let him submit all evidence to court to sack the person but he cannot disregard the post of VC. Now let him find a job for himself on merit. Here also he may demand quota. These are shame on nation.
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                            kranti
                            Oct 2, 2016 at 9:42 am
                            Please don't use foul language like other fellow.!
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                              Manzoor
                              Oct 2, 2016 at 7:14 am
                              Well done.
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                                Nadeem Ansari
                                Oct 2, 2016 at 12:43 pm
                                You are right about Ph D. But not about Ph Ds from UoH or Osmania or kakatiya..... These universities freely accept copy and paste stuff. Teachers are dull. Departments are sleepy. That is why they seek fun in events like caste-puliaattam etc. Dont tell me that this obese boy dwelved deep into African affairs
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                                  Nitin Raval
                                  Oct 2, 2016 at 7:56 am
                                  After the advent of social media on the Internet, today's generation uses a term "BC" to give "galli" to someone, whereas it is an official terminology to describe BACKWARD CL (which includes all, SC,ST,OBC and anyone who wants to get everything free from the Indian government or the system). lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Therefore, my answer to this drama of not accepting degree is,lt;br/gt;ALL YOU BCs, "G O F U C K YOURSELF"
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                                    An Observer
                                    Oct 2, 2016 at 7:58 am
                                    Bas#tard like you are shame on Indian academic community. If you are brave enough and have guts to argue with evidences and logic you should come in open discussion. The action of the boy is shameful.
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                                      An Observer
                                      Oct 2, 2016 at 7:55 am
                                      I am sure this boy has come so far because of cheating in exams and reservation privilege. Such people have no place in academic world as things must be logical based on evidences and academic standard. The boy refusing the degree must be blacklisted and should not be given any privilege at any point in any job or system. Such people can never be neutral which is very much required in academic discourses. In Europe and America such action would have simply caused a lifelong ban on him.
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                                        George
                                        Oct 7, 2016 at 2:00 am
                                        Well done Sunkanna! The govt is protecting this VC and Rohith's death is unaccounted for. You have shown courage in giving a message to everyone. The upper caste will not support you because what you did to Rao is done towards them as well at the same time. They don't want to see their continued sin of centuries. Without coming forward and questioning the upper castes will never change.
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                                          sanju
                                          Oct 2, 2016 at 12:33 pm
                                          and you to a open category donkey.
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                                            Subba Rao Venkata Vure
                                            Oct 2, 2016 at 12:43 pm
                                            Can he refuse to accept PhD from UoH ?
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