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Several students’ organisations in the city protested on Monday against the suspension or termination of services of professors in several institutes across the country. The Mumbai unit of Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Social Justice, a student organisation fighting for Rohith Vemula, said actions against some faculty are politically motivated.
Recently, the contracts of two faculty members of Tata Institute of Social Sciences were terminated allegedly over their political activism. Students alleged that Sanober Keshwar, who worked at the institute on a contract basis, had not been informed of the non-renewal of her contract. Soon after, another professor named Monica Sakhrani too faced a similar situation.
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“There is increased interference of the government in institutes. Faculty members who have views divergent from the government are suspended or arrested,” said Suvarna Salve, a student of TISS and member of JAC. Protestors said that action has been also taken against professors in BHU and DU for having radical views.
After the suicide of Rohith Vemula in University of Hyderabad (UoH) in January, two faculty members professors K Y Ratnam and Tathagata Sengupta were suspended. While this revoked last week, JAC members said it was not enough.