January 21, 2016 3:09:27 pm
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.
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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