When contacted, several faculty members expressed their displeasure and pointed out that the circular did not define what constituted anti-national statements and lectures.
The university withdrew the suspension after he wrote to the vice-chancellor expressing "regret" for the embarrassment, if any, caused to the university after his online session was leaked
In his letter to the Union minister, Vishwam said attempts to restrict free thought, especially in educational institutions, were a matter of concern.
Rule 9 of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules gives protection to government employees from action for views expressed in official capacity or while performing duties assigned to them.
Writing on Twitter and Facebook, Tharoor said he had expressed concern about the dwindling space for dissent on campuses when discussing the National Education Policy.
Central University of Kerala suspends assistant professor for calling BJP-RSS 'proto-fascist organisation'
In an online class on April 19, he also questioned the central government's decision to export covid vaccines when the country's demands were not met.
An assistant professor in the Department of International Relations and Politics, made the comment while taking an online class on 'Fascism and Nazism' for the first semester students.