Deadlock continues on UoH campus

Updated - September 23, 2016 03:20 am IST

Published - January 27, 2016 12:07 am IST - HYDERABAD:

The impasse between the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of students and the University of Hyderabad (UoH) administration continued on Tuesday as the varsity entered its ninth day of academic suspension.

Amid calls for him to step down, Vice-Chancellor in-charge Prof. Vipin Srivastava appealed to help the administration ‘restore normality at the earliest’.

However, protests by the students continued, with the JAC forming an All India JAC for Social Justice and raising a call for an all-India university strike on Wednesday.

Arpita, a JAC member, said student organisations from various universities across the country had expressed solidarity with them.

Prof. Srivastava told The Hindu : “We had an internal meeting with faculty members and discussed the issue. The impact (of the academic suspension) will be very bad, even for our final-year students when it comes to their employment.” When asked how bad the resignations of faculty members from administrative positions have been, he said they have been asked to retract the resignations.

When contacted, Dean of Students Welfare Prof. Prakash Babu, who was among those who had resigned a few days ago, confirmed this, saying he had been asked to continue in his post given the current situation.

Chief Medical Officer of UoH Capt. Ravindra Kumar also said he was asked to continue in his post until other arrangements were made. The JAC also said it would screen the documentary Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hain at 10 p.m. in the campus even as its maker, Nakul Singh Sawney, would meet the students. Others like writer Meena Kandasamy and intellectual Prof. G. Haragopal (retd) had also come to the university supporting the students.

Faints during strike

An M.A. student, Mubashir, who was part of a hunger strike that started three days ago in the university, along with six others, was shifted to the campus Health Centre after he fainted around 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Dr. Ravindra Kumar, who has been periodically checking the students staging the hunger strike, said Mubashir’s health had deteriorated after his blood sugar level dropped.

Students detained

In a separate incident, the Gopalpuram police detained 18 students of Osmania University who were taking out a rally ‘Wall For Rohit’ here.

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