University of Hyderabad
Subject: Demands put forward by Joint Action Committee for Social Justice to the Vice-chancellor.
- Sack Prof. Appa Rao Podile from the post of Vice-chancellor.
- Vipin Srivastava should not come back from “leave” as Vice-chancellor. He must not be present in Executive Council while these demands are being looked into.
- The University of Hyderabad administration must employ a family member of Rohith Vemula immediately. Rohith Vemula’s pending scholarship amount must be disbursed with immediate effect and handed over to his family.
- Institute Rohith Memorial Lecture in University of Hyderabad.
- The University of Hyderabad administration must give a public apology to the five Dalit research scholars for the blatant casteist discrimination, humiliation and agony inflicted on them that eventually led to the death of our friend ROhith Vemula.
- Implement Thorat Committee recommendations to make higher education campus discrimination free and socially inclusive. The Executive council must appeal to the Government of India to introduce and implement Rohith Act that provides legislative protection to the students from marginalized communities in higher education.
- Reformulate the composition of Proctorial Board by removing Prof. Alok Pandey and including representatives from students and SC/ST faculty members.
- The Executive Council must not accept the resignation letters submitted by SC/ST faculty members and officers and appeal to them to take up their earlier responsibilities.
Joint Action Committee for Social Justice – UoH
Students of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) makes an appeal to the larger campus community of UoH to hear out the concerns of the protesting students.
Joint Action Committee for Social Justice (UoH) announces ‘Postcard to President’ Campaign. Students, Faculty, Workers and all concerned individuals on Campus and across the country in the #JusticeForRohith movement are invited to send their demands to the President of India demanding answers for the delayed justice in the case.
All post cards will be posted to the ‘PRESIDENT OF INDIA, THE PRESIDENT’S SECRETARIAT, RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN, NEW DELHI, INDIA – 110004’ on Monday 1 February, 2016. The President of India is supposed to respond to every individual that writes to him on their respective addresses mentioned in the postcards.
The campaign has already begun at UoH Shopcom, North today, 29th January 2016!
Join the Campaign and spread the word!
#JusticeForRohith #DalitLivesMatter #PostcardToPresident
University of Hyderabad Students’ Union (2015-16) released a press note today (27.01.2016) condemning the stand of the university authority on the whole matter.
The Joint Action Committee for Social Justice requested the Indian Peoples Tribunal to send a fact finding team to investigate the death of Rohith Vemula. The team visited the university on 25th and 26th January and made a prima facie report.
Please click the link below to find the report.
Prima facie report of the Fact Finding Team
Rohith Vemula and the four other friends coming out of hostel after they were evicted from their rooms by the university authority. (Rohith holding the portrait of Dr. Ambedkar)
The next time Rohith came out of the hostel, he was in a coffin……..
Rohith Vemula’s death is not the first one which can be termed as ‘institutional murder.’ The campus had witnessed such demises in the past as well. The last three such incidents were:
- M. Venkatesh, Ph.D student, ACHREM, in 2013.
- P. Raju, Integrated MA, in 2013.
- Senthil Kumar, Ph.D student, Dept. of Physics, in 2008.
Following each of these deaths, the then Vice-chancellor(s) constituted fact finding committees and these committees submitted their reports to the university administration. Below you can find (click on the links) the reports of the ‘Fact-finding Committee’ in the mentioned three demises:
Committee report – inquiring the circumstances leading to the demise of M.Venkatesh.
Committee report – inquiring the circumstances leading to the demise of P. Raju.
Committee report – inquiring the circumstances leading to the demise of Senthil Kumar.