Letter from prominent Indian academics to the Chancellor, University of Hyderabad – The Hindu

Dear Dr. Rangarajan,

We have learnt with dismay about the attack by the police on students at the University of Hyderabad on 22 March, 2016. We understand that there may have been acts of destruction by some of the students, and we strongly condemn such acts. It is arguable whether it was necessary to call the police to deal with the students. However, having called the police, the administration of the University should have ensured that the police force did not make a brutal assault on the students. The Vice Chancellor and the administration of the University failed in this respect, as the ensuing heavy-handed police action proves. We strongly condemn the attack by the police, and the failure of the administration of the University to prevent it. We would like to make the following points about the immediate repercussions of the events of the 22nd:

1. Several students and two members of the faculty of the University have been detained by the police. We request you, and the administration of the University, to take every possible measure to secure their release, and to get them back to the University at the earliest.

2. Some students were injured in the police action, and have been receiving medical treatment at the University’s Health Centre, and in private clinics and hospitals. We urge that all available help be extended to these students, and we request you to ensure their well-being.

3. We understand that some students who have been protesting are worried about their future in the university, and fear retribution from the administration. It is imperative that their fears be assuaged, and that students are not penalised for legitimately voicing their political opinions, or for challenging the University establishment.

4. There was no food or water in the student hostels, and the connection between the University campus and the Internet was closed down, for two days after the 22nd. This is a form of collective punishment. We condemn it, and ask the administration of the University to see that such acts of punishment do not recur.

We have the following points to make in the general context of the stormy events at the University:

1. The direct cause of the events on the 22nd was the resumption of office by P. Appa Rao, the Vice Chancellor of the University. A judicial enquiry has been initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, into the events around Rohith Vemula’s suicide, and Prof. Appa Rao is one of the central figures in those events. There is a case against him under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, and another under the laws relating to abetting a suicide. In these circumstances, it is utterly inappropriate for him to occupy the office of the Vice Chancellor of the University, and we demand that he relinquish that office forthwith.

2. There has been almost no progress in the police cases against Prof. Appa Rao, whereas the police have been quick to act on the protesting students. We demand that this imbalance be redressed, and that the cases against Prof. Appa Rao be speedily brought to their logical conclusion.

3. The protest by the students on the 22nd grew out of the events that led to Mr. Vemula’s suicide. Issues of systematic injustice against Dalits, and of attempts by certain groups of students of the University to disrupt the activities of students whose opinions they oppose, have repeatedly surfaced in the discourse following Mr. Vemula’s suicide. We ask the administration of the University to seriously address these issues.

4. A troubling feature of the events at the University is the frequent reliance of the administration of the University on the police apparatus. We feel that the police have no place in an academic campus, and should be called upon only in rare circumstances. We, therefore, request you to have the police removed from the campus of the University. The University of Hyderabad is one of the important educational centres of the country. For that reason, we hope that you, and the administration of the University, will do everything to provide the students of the University the freedom, and the consideration, that are a distinguishing feature of a great academic institution.

Yours sincerely,

1. A. P. Balachandran, Syracuse University, Emeritus faculty

2. Abani K. Bhuyan, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

3. Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House (University of Delhi), Faculty

4. Abhijit Majumder, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

5. Abhishek Atreya, Physical Research Laboratory, Postdoctoral fellow

6. Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Fellow

7. Angelie Multani, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

8. Anindya Sarkar, Bangabasi Morning College (University of Calcutta), Faculty

9. Anirban Kundu, University of Calcutta, Faculty

10. Akavoor Manu, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Research scholar

11. Alka Acharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

12. Alladi Sitaram, Indian Statistical Institute, Retired faculty

13. Alok Laddha, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

14. Alok Maharana, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, Faculty

15. Amarjit Kundu, Santipur College (University of Kalyani), Faculty

16. Amber Habib, Shiv Nadar University, Faculty

17. Ameet Parameswaran, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

18. Amitabh Joshi, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Faculty

19. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

20. Ananthu James, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Researchscholar

21. Ananyo Maitra, Laboratory of Theoretical Physics and Statistical Models, Paris, Researcher

22. Anindita Bera, University of Calcutta, Research scholar

23. Anindita Bidisha Chatterjee, Wildlife Institute of India, Research scholar

24. Anindita Brahma, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

25. Anindya Bhattacharya, University of York, Faculty

26. Anindya Datta, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

27. Anirban Kar, Delhi School of Economics, Faculty

28. Ankan Paul, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Faculty

29. Anuj Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Research scholar

30. Anupama Potluri, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

31. Anwesa Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Science, Research associate

32. Apoorva Nagar, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Faculty

33. Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

34. Archana S. Morye, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

35. Aritra Banerjee, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Research scholar

36. Arnab Rai Choudhuri, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

37. Arpan Kundu, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

38. Arya Suman Mishra, Seth G. S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Specialty Medical Officer

39. Avinash Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

40. Ashoke Sen, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

41. Atul Chokshi, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

42. Aurnab Ghose, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, Faculty

43. Avishek Konar, Observer Research Foundation, Associate fellow

44. Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

45. B. Ananthanarayan, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

46. Bhanu Pratap Das, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, Faculty

47. Bidisa Das, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Scientist

48. C. M. Chandrashekar, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

49. C. S. Rajan, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

50. Chandan Singh Dalawat, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

51. Chandra Kant Mishra, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

52. D. C. V. Mallik, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Faculty

53. D. Surya Ramana, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

54. Darius Vasco K¨oster, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

55. Debasis Mondal, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Research scholar

56. Debjani Sengupta, Indraprastha College for Women (University of Delhi), Faculty

57. Deepak Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

58. Dileep Jatkar, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

59. Dinesh Mohan, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Retired faculty

60. Dipankar, TREELabs Foundation, Chief scientist

61. E. Arunan, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

62. Enakshi Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Faculty

63. Faraz Ahmed Inam, Aligarh Muslim University, Faculty

64. Fazlay Ahmed, Jamia Millia Islamia, Research Scholar

65. Feroz M. H. Musthafa, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, Technology manager

66. G. Arunima, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

67. G. Vijay, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

68. Garga Chatterjee, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

69. Gaurav Mendiratta, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

70. Gautam Gangopadhyay, University of Calcutta, Faculty

71. Girish Kumar Chakravarty, Physical Research Laboratory, Postdoctoral fellow

72. Gita Chadha, University of Mumbai, Faculty

73. Gopal Guru, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

74. Indra Balachandran, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY, Retired faculty

75. Indraneel Dasgupta, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

76. Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

77. Joby Joseph, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

78. Joseph Samuel, Raman Research Institute, Faculty

79. Jenny Sulfath, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Research scholar

80. Jishnu Dey, Presidency University, Guest faculty

81. Jyoti Dalal, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Research scholar

82. K. Ramakrishnan, TIPS Global, Adviser

83. Kallol Paul, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research scholar

84. Kannan U. M., Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Research scholar

85. Karan Namdeorao Khirade, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Research scholar

86. Karen Gabriel, St. Stephen’s College (University of Delhi), Faculty

87. Kaushik Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

88. Kishor V. Salunkhe, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Research scholar

89. Koel Das, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Faculty

90. Krishnendu Sengupta, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Faculty

91. Kuntal Ghosh, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

92. Lalit Shukla, Physical Research Laboratory, Research Scholar

93. Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies, UK, and Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty

94. M. V. Ramana, Princeton University, Faculty

95. Madhusudhan Raman, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

96. Mahan Mj, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

97. Maitreyee Saha Sarkar, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Faculty

98. Malancha Ta, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Faculty

99. Maneesh Thakur, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, Faculty

100. Md. Shah Alam, Jamia Millia Islamia, Research scholar

101. Md. Wali Hossain, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Postdoctoral Fellow

102. Mihir Pandey, Ramjas College (University of Delhi), Faculty

103. Mrinmoy Mukherjee, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research Scholar

104. N. Raghavendra, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

105. Nandita Narain, St. Stephen’s College (University of Delhi), Faculty

106. Nandu Gopan, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Research associate,

107. Narayanan Menon, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad, Faculty

108. Naresh Dadhich, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Emeritus faculty

109. Naveen Gaur, Dyal Singh College (University of Delhi), Faculty

110. Neelima Gupte, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Faculty

111. Neera Singh, University of Toronto, Canada, Faculty

112. Nihav Dhawale, National Centre for Biological Sciences and Yale University, Research scholar

113. Nirmalya Kajuri, IIT Madras, Postdoctoral fellow

114. Nissim Kanekar, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune, Faculty

115. Nivedita Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

116. Nur Jaman, Jamia Millia Islamia, Research scholar

117. Oindrila Deb, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

118. P. Damani, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

119. Padmini Swaminathan, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, Faculty

120. Parameswaran Sankaran, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

121. Parasar Mohanty, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

122. Parswa Nath Student, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research scholar

123. Partha Pratim Roy, South Point High School, Kolkata, Teacher

124. Partho Sarothi Ray, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Faculty

125. Pinaki Banerjee, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

126. Pinaki Chaudhuri, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

127. Prabhu Nott, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

128. Pradipta Bandyopadhyay, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

129. Pratik Majumdar, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Faculty

130. Pratiksha Baxi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

131. Procheta Mallik, Innovation and Science Promotion Foundation, Researcher

132. Pradeepkumar P. I., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

133. Prajval Shastri, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Faculty

134. Pranav P. Manangath, University of Western Ontario, Canada, Research scholar

135. Prasenjit Sen, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

136. Prathyusha K. R., University of Dundee, Postdoctoral fellow

137. Proteep Mallik, Azim Premji University, Faculty

138. Pulak Banerjee, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

139. Qamar Nasir Usmani, Jamia Millia Islamia, Faculty

140. Rahul Pandey, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Visiting faculty

141. Rahul Siddharthan, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

142. Rahul Varman, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

143. Rajat Tandon, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

144. Rajesh Gopakumar, International Center for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

145. Ramesh Bairy T. S., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

146. Ramesh Sreekantan, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, Faculty

147. Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

148. Ravi Kunjwal, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

149. Rekha Pappu, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, Faculty

150. Remya Nair, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Postdoctoral fellow

151. Resmi Lekshmi, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Faculty

152. Rita Mazumdar, Ranchi Women’s College, Retired faculty

153. Rohan D’ Souza, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Faculty

154. Rukmini Dey, International Center for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

155. Rupali Gangopadhyay, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Researcher

156. Rusa Mandal, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

157. S. Akshay, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

158. S. Durga Bhavani, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

159. S. G. Dani, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

160. Sabiha Majumder, Indian Institute of Science, Student

161. Sachindeo Vaidya, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

162. Saikat Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

163. Saman Habib, Central Drug Research Institute, Senior Principal Scientist

164. Sanket Haque, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Trainee

165. Saptarshi Pal, University of Calcutta, Research Scholar

166. Samriddhi Sankar Ray, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

167. Sandeep Krishna, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Faculty

168. Satadal Ganguly, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

169. Satyajit Chowdhury, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Research scholar

170. Saumyajit Bhattacharya, Kirori Mal College (University of Delhi), Faculty

171. Seshadri Sridhar, Raman Research Institute, Faculty

172. Shahana Bhattacharya, University of Delhi, Faculty

173. Shambhavi Prakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

174. Sharath Jose, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research scholar

175. Sharmila Purkayastha, Miranda House (University of Delhi), Faculty

176. Sharmila Sreekumar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

177. Shiva Shankar, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

178. Shubha Tewari, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Faculty

179. Sibasish Ghosh, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

180. Siddharth K. J., Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Research scholar

181. Simona Sawhney, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

182. Sirisha Naidu, Wright State University, Faculty

183. Siva Athreya, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, Faculty

184. Somnath Basu, R. K. M. Vivekananda University, Faculty

185. Soumya Das, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

186. Souvik Mandal, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

187. Sridipta Ghatak, Jadavpur University

188. Srikanth Sastry, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Faculty

189. Subhashis Banerjee, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

190. Subhradip Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Faculty

191. Subhro Bhattacharjee, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

192. Subiman Kundu, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

193. Sudip Kumar Haldar, Physical Research Laboratory, Postdoctoral fellow

194. Sudipta Bandyopadhyay, University of Calcutta, Faculty

195. Sudipto Muhuri, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Faculty

196. Sugata Ray, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Faculty

197. Suman Ganguli, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

198. Sumathi Rao, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

199. Sumati Surya, Raman Research Institute, Faculty

200. Sumilan Banerjee, Weizmann Institute of Science, Postdoctoral fellow

201. Sumit Kumar, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

202. Sumithra Sankaran, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

203. Sundar Sarukkai, Manipal University, Faculty

204. Supratik Chakraborty, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

205. Supratim Sengupta, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Faculty

206. Suramya T. K., Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Research scholar

207. Suresh Devasahayam, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Faculty

208. Suresh Govindarajan, Indian Insitute of Technology Madras, Faculty

209. Susmita Sarkar, University of Calcutta, Faculty

210. Sushmita Venugopalan, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Visiting faculty

211. Sutirtha Dutta, Wildlife Institute of India, Project scientist

212. Suvrat Raju, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

213. Swagato Sanyal, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Research scholar

214. T. N. C. Vidya, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Faculty fellow

215. T. R. Govindarajan, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

216. Tabish Qureshi, Jamia Millia Islamia, Faculty

217. Tamoghna Das, NIST and University of Maryland, CNST-UM fellow

218. Taniya Mandal Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Research scholar

219. Tanmay Deshpande, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

220. Tanmay Mitra, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

221. Trisha Nath, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

222. U. K. Anandavardhanan, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

223. Upayan Baul, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

224. V. R. Padmawar, Indian Statistical Institute, Faculty

225. V. S. Sunder, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

226. Varuni Prabhakar, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

227. Venu Madhav Govindu, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

228. Vijay Ravikumar, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

229. Vikas Bajpai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

230. Vikram Vyas, St. Stephens College (University of Delhi), Faculty

231. Vinay Kumar Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

232. Vipul Vivek, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Postgraduate student

233. Vishnu T. R., Chennai Mathematical Institute, Research scholar

234. Vishwesha Guttal, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

235. Yogish I. Holla, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

236. Zaheer Ahmed Sayeed, Brain Sciences

237. Zoya Hasan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Emeritus faculty

The signatories are listed in the alphabetical order of their names. Institutional affiliations of the signatories are given only for purposes of identification, and do not indicate the official positions of these organisations.

Source: Letter from prominent Indian academics to the Chancellor, University of Hyderabad – The Hindu

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