The HRD Ministry forwarded its original proposal to remove Dattagupta along with the Rohatgi’s legal opinion to President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.
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The decision was taken at a meeting of state education ministers and secretaries chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Monday.
The Union HRD Ministry has convened a meeting of 46 vice-chancellors of all the universities on February 18 in what is being viewed as an attempt by the government to preempt Opposition attack on the issue in Parliament.
Dattatreya’s letter assumes significance against the backdrop of a raging debate on political interference in academic institutions and academic matters.
Irani said that Rahul Gandhi has taken the politics to the campus and institutions.
A complaint has been filed against professor Mahesh Chandra Guru for using abusive language against Prime Minister Modi and Jawaharlal Nehru while also calling Smriti Irani a “third rate actress” unworthy of the MHRD role.
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For any educational institution to summarily suspend students for expressing their views (even if they were on Yakub Menon or Muzaffarnagar) is against the very concept of a free and open dialectic.
Vemula’s suicide snowballed into a political controversy with agitating students and political parties targeting vice chancellor Appa Rao, MoS Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya and Irani.
Sources in the university administration claimed that Vice Chancellor P Appa Rao was under pressure to act.
Dattatreya had written a letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani after a clash between two student groups in the campus in which an ABVP leader Susheel Kumar was attacked.
Rahul Gandhi demanded “strictest punishment” the for Vice-Chancellor and the minister holding them “responsible” for the death of the research scholar.
A letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot indicates that the HRD Ministry has already spelt out a set of reasons for removing the minority status of these universities.
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