50 Hyderabad varsity faculty members go on casual leave

By P S Jayaram

Published: Wed 30 Mar 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 30 Mar 2016, 2:00 AM

The University of Hyderabad (UoH) continues to be on the boil ever since it became the epicentre of the student unrest following the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula.
Over 50 faculty members, belonging to acheduled caste and scheduled tribe communities, went on a one-day mass casual leave on Tuesday protesting against what they called "unprecedented situation" prevailing on the campus.
They were voicing their protest against the police action on the agitating students who were dragged out of the campus and arrested on March 22 for allegedly attacking Vice-Chancellor P Appa Rao's office. The main demand of the agitating students is the removal of Appa Rao .
"There is an unprecedented situation prevailing on the campus arising out of a series of human rights violations following the protests by students on March 22 (the day Vice-Chancellor resumed his duty)," said a Press release from the convener, SC/ST Faculty Forum.
However, the university Registrar M Sudhakar said that the classes are going on normally and there has been disruption.
Asked about the one-day mass leave call given by some faculty members, the Registrar said, "We have not officially received any letter from them."
The Joint Action Committee for Social Justice appealed to the students to use blue ribbons as a means of protest while going about classes, labs and other activities. It also demanded that the university authorities drop all charges and withdraw all cases filed against the students and faculty members.
The students also demanded immediate removal and arrest of Appa Rao under Prevention of SC/ST Atrocities Act. A local court had on Monday granted bail to 25 students and two faculty members arrested in connection with the violence on the campus on March 22.

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