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University of Hyderabad research scholar attempts suicide

Though some students claimed that the student is an SC, the university authorities dismissed the same.

Published: 19th November 2016 12:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th November 2016 12:46 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: A research scholar of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) attempted suicide by slitting his wrist allegedly unable to bear the humiliation meted out by his guide. The student slit his wrists with a blade in the guide's lab leaving the latter dumbstruck. The condition of the student is stable.

Though some students claimed that the student is an SC, the university authorities dismissed the same. However, officials denied the allegations and said reasons that led the student to take the extreme step are unknown.

According to students, the incident took place on the campus at about 4.30 p.m. Moses Abraham, 27, a native of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, is pursuing PhD at Advanced Centre for Research of High Materials (ACHREM). He was reportedly working on 'Condense Theory Solid State Physics.'

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The guide, Prof G Vaitheeswaran, reportedly did not allow Abraham from attending seminars and asked the scholar to change his research subject and supervisor even after the student published two research papers in reputed journals.

"Changing a research topic means a challenge as the scholar has to start working right from the scratch,'" a student said adding that a research scholar of the same department, Madari Venkatesh ended his life a few years ago.

Sources from the UoH health centre said that Abraham was brought to the centre at about 4.30 pm following which he was sent to Asha hospital nearby for further treatment.

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When contacted, pro vice-chancellor Vipin Srivastava said  Vaitheeswaran was in a shock after the incident. He also said there were rumours about Abraham being a Dalit but it is not true. Abraham stays in a room outside the campus.

No case has been registered by the police. Gachibowli police inspector J Ramesh said they have no information about the suicide attempt of the student. UoH witnessed protests in January this year when a Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula ended his life on the campus alleging caste discrimination.



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