Protest breaks out at University of Hyderabad over suspension orders

The suspension orders was issued by the university administration against five students for allegedly trespassing into the residence of the vice-chancellor.
Students of the University of Hyderabad on Monday staged a protest demanding the revocation of the suspension orders.
Students of the University of Hyderabad on Monday staged a protest demanding the revocation of the suspension orders.Photo | Express

HYDERABAD: Students of the University of Hyderabad on Monday staged a protest demanding the revocation of the suspension orders by the university administration against five students for allegedly trespassing into the residence of the vice-chancellor.

The order was issued on May 31, suspending Students Union president Ateeq Ahmed along with Kripa Maria George, G Mohith, Sohail Ahmed and Asika VM for one semester (July–December 2024). The orders also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on five other students as disciplinary action. The suspension order said that disciplinary action was taken against these students for having “trespassed and attacked the residence of Vice-Chancellor Prof BJ Rao on the morning of May 18.”

The students were also restricted from engaging in the university campus and were asked to vacate the hostels by July 1.

Ateeq Ahmed told TNIE: “We staged the protest today as a last resort since our efforts for a resolution in all these weeks after the suspension deadlocked. We tried to give several representations to the VC, registrar and the proctor in the matter, however, everyone turned down our requests. What is most tragic is that the suspension orders were issued during a vacation when there are very few students in the campus. However, the protest will swell up once the academic session begins as a large number of students will join the protest if the orders are not revoked by then”.

He claimed that the suspension was a culmination of many past incidents and episodes and not just the cultural festival Sukoon. “Students’ activism against the autocratic behaviour of the administration, their fight for equal rights, justice for Rohith Vemula, as well as questioning the university on the PhD internship process are among the reasons for our suspension,” he said.

In addition to the suspension orders an FIR was also filed by the university against the protesting students.

Out of the five suspended students, two are the beneficiaries of the Junior Research Fellowship and another one has the Institution of Eminence (IoE) post-doctoral fellowship. The suspension will mean that these students will be ineligible for the fellowships.

The SU members said that the administration might hold a meeting on June 28, in which their issue is likely to be discussed, however, there was no concrete action in sight in the favour of these students at present.

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