Rohith Vemula suicide: For ‘VIP’ Minister, HRD sent five reminders to university

Sources in the university administration claimed that Vice Chancellor P Appa Rao was under pressure to act.

Written by Ritika Chopra , SRINIVAS JANYALA | Hyderabad | Updated: January 20, 2016 9:55 am
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The Ministry of Human Resource Development Tuesday denied putting any pressure on the University of Hyderabad in the matter related to suspension of five Dalit students, one of whom committed suicide Sunday. But between September and November last year, the Ministry sent four letters and an email to the university, seeking “comments/facts” on the matter raised by Minister of State Bandaru Dattatreya.

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Dattatreya had written to HRD Minister Smriti Irani in August last year, accusing the university of being a “mute spectator” after a group of Dalit students, including Rohith Vemula who committed suicide Sunday evening, clashed with ABVP leader Nandanam Susheel Kumar.

Sources in the university administration claimed that Vice Chancellor P Appa Rao, who had been newly appointed, was under pressure to act and this led to the suspension of the five Dalit students, including Rohith Vemula. But Appa Rao maintained that the decision to suspend the five was not based on letters from the HRD Ministry.

The Ministry intervention began with an email from Under Secretary Ramji Pandey and was followed by letters from Deputy Secretary Subodh Kumar Ghildiyal and Joint Secretary Sukhbir Singh Sandhu.

Consider these:

On September 3, an email was sent to the Registrar by Under Secretary Ramji Pandey: “Please find attached herewith a copy letter dated 17.08.2015 of Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, MoS for Labour and Employment, along with enclosures. It is is requested that issues raised by Hon’ble MoS may kindly be examined and facts may be intimated to the Ministry to enable us to submit reply to MoS.” Vice Chancellor R P Sharma, who was about to retire, chose not to act and left it to his successor. On September 23, P Appa Rao took over as the new Vice Chancellor.

On September 24, Deputy Secretary Subodh Kumar Ghildiyal, sent a letter to the Registrar which spelt out the subject: ‘Antinational activities in Hyderabad Central University premises — Violent attack on Sri Nandanam Susheel Kumar, PhD student and President of ABVP’.

“I am to refer to email dated 3.9.2015 (copy overleaf) of this Ministry regarding above mentioned subject and to say that the comments/facts have not been received so far. It is requested that the same may kindly be expedited to enable the Ministry to reply to MoS,” Ghildiyal’s letter stated.

On October 6, Ghildiyal wrote another letter with the same subject line, addressing it this time to the Vice Chancellor. “I am to refer to email dated 3.9.2015 and letter of even number dated 24.9.2015 addressed to the Registrar regarding above mentioned subject and to say that the comments/facts have not been received so far. It is requested that the same may kindly be expedited to enable the Ministry to reply to MoS,” he wrote.

On October 20, Joint Secretary Sukhbir Singh Sandhu wrote to the Vice Chancellor: “Please refer to Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State for Labour & Employment (Independent Charge) letter dated 17.8.2015 (copy enclosed for ready reference) regarding affairs of the University of Hyderabad. The facts called for through email on 3.9.2015, reminders dated 24.9.2015 and 6.10.2015 on the issues raised in the letter has not been received so far. I would appreciate if you could kindly look into the matter personally and get the facts provided at the earliest to enable the Ministry to submit a reply to the MoS.”

On November 19, Under Secretary Ramji Pandey wrote another letter to the Vice Chancellor. “I have been directed to refer to DO letter of October 20 of JS (CU&L) regarding above mentioned subject and to say that the comments/facts have not been received so far. It is therefore requested that the same may be kindly expedited to enable the Ministry to reply to MoS.”

On Tuesday, HRD Ministry spokesperson Ghanshyam Goel refuted allegations that pressure was mounted on the university. He said the Ministry was only doing its duty by seeking the university’s comments as it is obligated to give a time-bound reply to all “VIP references”.

“The Ministry was only following procedure. As per the Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure, the government should acknowledge a VIP reference within 15 days and respond to it in another two weeks. As it is evident from the content of the letters, the university was asked to only respond with comments and facts so that the government can draft its reply to the VIP reference. Reminders were issued as there was no reply from the university authorities. It’s wrong to insinuate that the Ministry put pressure on the university administration,” Goel told The Indian Express.

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    Shunt.em.from.Hinduism
    Jan 20, 2016 at 2:19 am
    Smriti IRANI was a BAR DANCER AFTER HER EDUCATION IN FAKE IVY COLLEGE. THEN SHE BECAME AN ACTRESS AND GROOMED BY RSS AND RECOMMENDED AS HRD MINISTER. THE VERY PURPOSE WAS TO MARRY ZAORSHTIAN ROOTS OF ARYAN BRAHMINS TO PRESENT DAY BRAHMINS. A METICULOUS CONSPIRACY TO APPEASE ZAORASHTRIANS AND JAINS AND MAKE THEM LOOSE THEIR IDENY IS GOING ON. UNDER ORDERS FROM RSS, HINDU TEMPLES IN THE US HAVE BEEN ASKED TO INCLUDE MAHAVEERS IDOL AND ALSO MAKE A MIXTURE OF NORTH INDIAN AND SOUTH ASIAN TEMPLE ARCHITECTURE, A TOTAL VIOLATION OF AGAMA RULES. TO SKREW HINDUISM, BRAHMINS ARE DOING ATROCITIES ALL OVER THE WORLD. BECAUSE FIR THEM BRAHMINISM IS PARAMOUNT THAN THEIR ADOPTED-FOR-CONVENIENCE-HINDUISM.
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      Poor.girl.Smriti
      Jan 20, 2016 at 2:24 am
      Poor Smriti IRANI must have drunk a few pints of cow and she could not control herself! Poor girl, leave her alone!!!!!
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        MyTake
        Jan 19, 2016 at 8:20 pm
        If the students want to do politics they should leave insution of studies and join political parties. You can not undermine an insution challenging give me this or else - its not education. Congis and lefties cultivated/cultivating a culture where all insutions of education will become grazing fields for cows and buffaloes!
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          MyTake
          Jan 19, 2016 at 8:25 pm
          Its the price India is paying in the form of premium for Nehruvian "upliftment" of the past - where even leaders can't distinguish what is good for its citizen/country and doing vote bank politics. India to an extent not much better than Somalia, if not for the tolerant of majority of its people who most of the time suffer in silence hoping one day there will be good sunrise. But most of the time its THE TIME running in decades where its only cloudy and stormy)!
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            Shiva
            Jan 20, 2016 at 2:03 am
            Hrd just asked for comments. They didn't not even get reply from university. University practorial board and Executive council( which includes dalits) investigated and took decision. Current VC reduced the punishment from academic suspension to hostel suspension. Don't get carried away by false and twisted news.
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              Shiva
              Jan 20, 2016 at 2:18 am
              My condolences to the bereaved family. RIP Rohit
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                Shiva
                Jan 20, 2016 at 2:16 am
                Nothing is against susheel, abvp or VC in rohit's suicide note. Then how come anybody is responsible for his suicide. The ASA should take responsibility. They were doing all hungama in the campus before his suicide. So many outsiders visited university.They should have comforted students including Rohit. They rather provoked students. They are also responsible. But the fact is that the matter is in high court of Hyderabad. They could not even wait for the judgment.
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                  Shiva
                  Jan 20, 2016 at 2:21 am
                  Request to #The indian express . Please go through rules and regulations of central universities and MHRD. It is evident that nothing is there in letters. So why this kind of le.? Know. Understand. Write.
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                    Meenu Agarwal
                    Jan 20, 2016 at 6:26 am
                    Hyderabad is not the only place Brahminism has sucked the blood of innocent people. In other southern states also , I have seen cruel face of Tamil Brahminism. In any public office these Brahmins will ensure that every promotion / opportunity compulsory to be given to brahmins and other caste people whether dalit or non dalit carriers are spoiled by dirty politics . These Brahmins will work only for their interest and interest of their cl not for society as a large. After getting educated and posted on top posts through the chain of recommendation they feel they are GOD and can do anything.
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                      Ajay Sunder
                      Jan 20, 2016 at 7:54 am
                      It is not too late to review the track record of of Honourable HRD Minister and do something about it before we lose another brilliant student.We can understand the anxiety of of the Minister to carry forward the agenda of RSS but let us not mess up the education system of the country.
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                        amit
                        Jan 20, 2016 at 7:53 am
                        Problem of 70 years of slavery is that if some follows the rule book or be puctual we find it wrong and doubt the integrity. HRD ministry follow the rules why blame her. Pressutes are at their best to destroy the nation. First of all it is not related to dalits issue which Pressutes has made. same on such media.
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                          Ashok Sridharan
                          Jan 20, 2016 at 6:03 am
                          Superficially, it certainly appears that the ministry only asked the university to give its comments on the subject. Officially at least, there has been no pressure on the university. Its anybody's guess whether something happened behind the scenes. On the evidence of the available information, it would be reasonable to say that the opposition's allegations have no substance.
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                            author
                            Jan 20, 2016 at 1:20 pm
                            What about the discrimination faced by the North Indian people in West (GJ, Maharashtra) ad South India ? I condemn this apparent harment of a bright student. In his suicide note - he himself alluded to the fact that persons were identified by their immediate realities. He seems to be a nice person regardless of caste and if anyone is responsible - they should be punished.
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                              babablacksheep
                              Jan 20, 2016 at 2:17 am
                              Smriti Iraniji: you are with the wrong people, becoming becoming cage parrot for power.
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                                mark
                                Jan 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm
                                Modi is the most damaging government for the underprivileged and the dalits. Dalits will never vote for BJP.
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                                  close observer
                                  Jan 20, 2016 at 7:11 am
                                  NRI money remittance and oil mafia in India must be thankful to our PM. Because he brought acchedin for them. Crude 30 dollar/barrle instead of 120 dollar in 2014. Still petrol 60 rs /litre . 1dollar= 68 Rs
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                                    close observer
                                    Jan 20, 2016 at 7:04 am
                                    Rajan is not sure whether PM is in india or aborad.
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                                      close observer
                                      Jan 20, 2016 at 7:06 am
                                      Whenever Srimiti Ji talks , i never find any humulity and politeness in her talking. Very arrogant ... gives bite in media like dialogue in serial......feels herself HRD queen.... this is called "TYRANI OF UNELLECTED"
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                                        close observer
                                        Jan 20, 2016 at 7:13 am
                                        Whenever Srimiti Ji talks , i never find any humulity and politeness in her talking. Very arrogant ... gives bite in media like dialogue in serial......feels herself HRD queen.... this is called "TYRANI OF UNELLECTED"
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                                          close observer
                                          Jan 20, 2016 at 6:54 am
                                          whenever she talks , i never find any humulity and politeness in her talking. Very arrogant ... gives bite in media like dialogue in serial......feels herself HRD queen.... this is called "TYRANI OF UNELLECTED"
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                                            close observer
                                            Jan 20, 2016 at 6:56 am
                                            whenever she talks , i never find any humulity and politeness in her talking. Very arrogant ... gives bite in media like dialogue in serial......feels herself HRD queen.... this is called "TYRANI OF UNELLECTED"
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