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Dalit professors resign from Hyderabad university in protest against Rohith Vemula’s death

Dalit faculty members have been keeping a low profile after Rohith's death and fear that they are being watched by the university administration.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
January 21, 2016 3:09:27 pm
Activist of a Dalit organization participate in a candle light vigil holding photographs of Indian student Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016. The activists were protesting the death of Vemula who, along with four others, was barred from using some facilities at his university in the southern tech-hub of Hyderabad. The protesters accused Hyderabad University's vice chancellor and a federal minister of unfairly demanding punishment for the five lower-caste students after they clashed last year with a group of students supporting the governing Hindu nationalist party. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.) Activist of a Dalit organization participate in a candle light vigil holding photographs of Indian student Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016.  (Source: AP Photo)

Thirteen members of the University of Hyderabad SC/ST Teachers and Officers Forum, including professors and lecturers, resigned from their administrative positions today afternoon in protest against the death of Dalit PhD scholar Rohith Vemula.

Prominent names of those who quit include Prof. V krishna, controller of examinations, Dr Ravindra kumar (Chief medical officer) and Dr. G Nagaraj (in charge Chief Warden). 10 hostel wardens, who are also professors, have also quit.

READ: Dalit staff lay low in fear of being dubbed anti-national 

Dalit faculty members have been keeping a low profile after Rohith’s death and fear that they are being watched by the university administration.

“We have been sent feelers from the University Administration that names of 50 prominent Dalit teachers, officers and students have been sent to New Delhi and we are all under watch,” Captain Dr Kumar told The Indian Express before resigning.

Few teachers feel that Dalit officials holding mediocre positions at the university are being used against other Dalit university members to make them fall in line.

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