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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  1. S
    Srividya Jayaraman
    Oct 2, 2016 at 9:31 am
    Don't worry with this PhD he only fit for cleaning toilets and you can also.accompany him
    1. S
      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's ok. If such things happen in Private college they will be thrown out .
      1. J
        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.
        2. B
          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 .
            1. V
              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.
              1. Y
                Oct 2, 2016 at 7:51 am
                Weldone my friend. Its a slap on Brahminical actrocities.
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