Lucknow: In what could be a replay of the Rohith Vemula case, a Dalit scholar in the Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut district had threatened to ‘commit suicide like Vemula’ if no action is taken against faculty member who has been harassing him. Harish Kumar, a Dalit researcher, told reporters in Meerut that the Research Design Course committee gave the nod to his research topic in 2012 but he could not start his work because the UGC had issued an order that all research scholars had to go through a six-month pre-PHD course. Harish Kumar alleged that when the course started in November-December 2014, he found that his batch had been merged with the second batch whose course had to be started six months after his batch.
“The coordinator, Aradhana Gupta shouted at me instead of giving me any answer. I started to attend the classes but most of the time I was provided a paper to mark my attendance instead of any register. After six months 10-12 scholars including me were asked to take extra classes as we were short on attendance. On this ground I was not permitted to take internal exams,” he said.