Hyderabad suicide: Crisis deepens, 10 SC/ST professors quit

Hyderabad: Protesting Union HRD minister Smriti Irani's remarks, more than 10 SC/ST professors of University of Hyderabad (UoH) resigned from their 'administrative roles' on Wednesday,deepening a crisis triggered by a Dalit scholar’s suicide which has turned into a political slugfest between the BJP-led NDA government and the opposition.

On Wednesday, HRD Minister Smriti Irani defended herself saying that Rohith's suicide is not a confrontation between a Dalit and a non-Dalit.

“Dalit faculty members were also part of the UoH probe that eventually led to the expulsion of the research scholar Rohith Vemula and four others,” she added.

SC/ST Teacher's and officer's forum at University of Hyderabad has issued press release condemning the statement of the Smriti Irani.

Taking serious objections to the statement made in her press conference, the body has said that it’s unfortunate that the union minister misrepresented facts of the case and said that the senior most Dalit professor actually headed the Exec council subcommittee which took the decision to suspend the students.