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Caste complaint: Kerala university removes HoD

With a analysis scholar from the Scheduled Caste group on starvation strike for almost every week, alleging caste discrimination, Mahatma Gandhi College in Kerala on Saturday eliminated the director of its Nanoscience and Nanotechnology division, with the federal government assuring the scholar that the division and the college are together with her.

Deepa P Mohanan, the analysis scholar, has been on starvation strike since October 30, demanding elimination of division director Nandakumar Kalarikkal. She can also be demanding entry to all analysis services, together with the lab, which was allegedly denied to her citing her caste.

State Greater Training Minister Prof R Bindu mentioned: “The V-C (Sabu Thomas) has taken over as the pinnacle of IIUCNN. I’ve given an assurance to Deepa that each one services required for finishing her PhD could be made accessible (to her) — the V-C will act as her information.”

She additionally requested Deepa to finish her starvation strike.

Deepa referred to as the motion in opposition to Nandakumar an eyewash and mentioned she’s going to proceed the agitation till he’s sacked. She mentioned the college has not taken any disciplinary motion in opposition to him.

The problem had emerged 5 years in the past with Deepa’s criticism that Nandakumar was allegedly against opening the Nanoscience laboratory for a analysis scholar from Dalit background. Subsequently, a two-member panel had probed the allegation and submitted an adversarial report in opposition to the professor.

“Based mostly on the report, he had been eliminated as director (of the division), and the Excessive Courtroom had upheld the choice,” she mentioned. “Nevertheless, the college introduced him again as director in 2017. It was unlawful. The Excessive Courtroom and the SC/ST Fee had issued orders in favour of my demand, however the college is but to implement them.”

Sustaining that she had been denied her proper to training on account of caste discrimination ever since she joined the college in 2011 (for MPhil), Deepa, 36, mentioned: “I’m going by way of inexplicable trauma nowadays, and I can perceive why Rohith Vemula (Hyderabad college scholar) ended his life. However I cannot recoil from the agitation with out guaranteeing that justice is delivered. I’ve to win this agitation for a lot of others who’ve misplaced such battles for justice.”

Opposition chief V D Satheesan mentioned starvation strike by a lady in opposition to caste discrimination is an insult to Kerala.






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