Rohith suicide: 10 Dalit teachers resign from administrative posts over Smriti remark

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Hyderabad, Jan 21: Following Smriti Irani's statement yesterday, 10 SC/ST teachers in HCU are said to have resigned from administrative posts. Protesting against the Union HRD minister Smriti Irani's statement that Dalit teachers were also part of the probe that expelled the five research scholars, the teachers were planning to quit their jobs initially.

But they dropped the idea when they were told that the minority students will not have any support thereafter.

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It was then decided that the teachers will quit from administrative posts, but continue to teach in the university.

Prakash Babu, Dean of Students Welfare and member of SC/ST Teachers and Officers Forum, said,"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. It is only by staying in system that we can build pressure on the administration."

The teachers, in a statement added that the statements by the HRD minister is bringing down the morals of the Dalits in the administrative positions in the university. A press release by UoH SC/ST Teachers and Officers Forum said,"the sub-committee of Executive Council was headed by an upper caste professor Vipin Srivastava and there are no Dalit faculty member in the sub-committee."

Several effigies of Smriti Irani were burnt inside the university campus as students shouted slogans against the Modi government and demanded immediate withdrawal of the four students.

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