Panel demands end to malaise

It is horrifying that the UoH has failed to take cognizance of recurring suicides by students.

Hyderabad: Fact-finding team headed by retired Justice Suresh H of the Independent Peoples Tribunal on Human Rights and the Environment on Tuesday said it is horrifying that the UoH has failed to take cognizance of recurring suicides by students from rural and marginialised communities.

It demanded that a ‘Rohith Law’ be enacted to ensure punitive action against university administration guilty of encouraging, abetting or even showing inaction in cases of exclusionary practices in the university, which is a demand of the Joint Action Commit-tee for Social Justice, which is spearheading the protests.

The committee said that it has presented its findings to university administration and are awaiting their reply. The JAC on Tuesday demanded that the Thorat Committee Report which outlines academic policy and administrative procedures that guard against discrimination in educational institutions be implemented by the government.

Students admitted to fault: Affidavit

An affidavit submitted by the UoH said the proctorial board submitted its final report after recording the statements of witnesses and research scholars including Susheel Kumar on August 31, 2015. Based on the recommendations, four students were suspended on September 8.

The suspended students — D. Prashanth, Rohith Vemula, P. Vijaya Kumar and C. Seshiah — did not deny their involvement in the incident, the affidavit added.
It was submitted before the court that the suspended students were represented to the varsity on September 10, 2015, and their suspension was revoked on the condition that a committee would be constituted to look into the incident afresh and that they should comply with the decision taken by UoH.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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