HYDERABAD: Under fire from all quarters over the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula, the University of Hyderabad (UoH) today withdrew the punishment of expelling four dalit scholars for allegedly attacking ABVP leader N Susheel Kumar.
Rohit was among the five dalit scholars who were expelled on December 21.
The Executive Council of the University of Hyderabad met today during which the Council, after taking into account the prevailing situation in the University, and after discussing the issue in detail, resolved to terminate the punishment imposed on the students concerned with immediate effect.
Further Prof. P Appa Rao has appealed to the University community to remain calm under the extraordinary circumstances prevailing on the campus and repose faith in the internal mechanisms to resolve the issue and fervently urged all in the University to contribute to resuming regular class work, research activities and administrative work without further delay.
He also called upon all the teachers, students, officers and supporting staff to rise to the occasion.
The four dalit scholars, who are members of Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) are -- D Prashant, P Vijay Kumar, Seshaiah and V Sunkanna.
''Our immediate priority is not withdrawal of expulsion but justice for Rohit,'' protesting students said.