Rohith Vemula suicide: HCU's acting VC says agitating students ready to allow classes to resume

Hyderabad: The acting Vice Chancellor of Hyderabad Central University M Periasamy on Sunday said the students who are agitating in the wake of suicide by Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula had agreed to allow the classes and administrative activities to resume normally from Monday.

The varsity has been roiling with agitation ever since Vemula's suicide on 17 January.

The students, however, said final decision would be taken at the meeting of the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice (which is heading the agitation) this evening.

"We had a meeting with student (JAC) representatives. They agreed to allow regular functioning from tomorrow. This is a conditional agreement," Periasamy told PTI.

File image of Rohith Vemula. Twitter @akslal_3802

File image of Rohith Vemula. Twitter @akslal_3802

"They wanted that some of the individuals involved in this punishment (suspension of Vemula and four others over alleged assault on an ABVP leader) should not be in the decision-making body or the administration, and all the SC/ST faculty members who have quit the administrative duties should resume their duties. We agreed to that," he said.

A JAC member said the students were not against the resumption of classes but they would take decision at a meeting of JAC in the evening.

The in-charge VC said he would request the SC/ST faculty members to take up their administrative duties once again.

As demanded by the JAC, some staff members would be taken off administrative duties, he added.


Updated Date: Jan 31, 2016 18:32 PM

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