Dalit Scholar suicide: 10 Professors resign protesting Smriti Irani's remark

Hyderabad, Jan 21: In further deepening of the ongoing crisis triggered by the suicide of a Dalit scholar , Ten professors of the University of Hyderabad belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes minority  have resigned from their administrative posts.

The professors quit over alleged "misrepresentation" of facts by Union minister for human resource development Smriti Irani who has termed the protests as a "malicious attempt" to project the issue as a caste battle and to show their support for protesting students demanding justice for Dalit PhD scholar Rohith Vemula, who allegedly committed suicide after he was suspended from the university along with four other students.

"We want all students reinstated, jobs and compensation for Rohith Vemula’s family and a better mechanism in the university to deal with such student issues," SC/ST Teachers and Officers Forum Convenor S Sudhakar Babu told.

"The minister is misleading the nation. We will not work under the administration as there has been no representation from the Dalits in the executive council since the university's inception," Prakash Babu, Dean of Students Welfare and member of SC/ST Teachers and Officers Forum told.

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