Rohith Vemula's Death Anniversary: University Students Plan Programs
By Vamsi Krishna N : 17-Jan-2017
The Dalit Research scholar Rohit Vemula is being remembered on this day by the Hyderabad University students Joint Action committee, as it is the first death anniversary after January 17 last year, while administration and the varsity authorities are standing against it.
A group of students of the Joint Action Committee are staging and organising a series of programmes on Tuesday observing ‘Shahadat Din’ inside the university. On the other hand, the varsity authorities are raising concerns about the students related to various unions/ bodies/ associations / JAC bringing and mobilising outsiders inside the campus and causing disruptions to the on goings in campus.
The Welfare of the Dean Students said in a statement that, “It has come to the knowledge of the Dean Students' welfare (DSW) through various newspaper reports and posters that outsiders are being mobilised by the various students unions/bodies/associations/JAC for the demonstration to be held in the campus on January 17. In this connection, DSW would like to draw the attention of the various students' unions/bodies/associations/JAC on the prevailing ban on the campus on allowing outsiders.”
Marking one year of Vemula’s suicide, a group of students under the aegis of Joint Action Committee for social justice – UOH has organised a mass gathering of students and several outsiders inside the campus of the university.
JAC members told media, regarding the planned events organised in remembrance of Rohit Vemula, that, “We are planning a series of programmes under the banner of 'Justice for Rohith Vemula' and Vemula's portraits in all hostels will be garlanded and a remembrance rally will also be held.”
The letter written on the matter of the suicide of the Dalit student Rohit Vemula, has then sparked mass protests against the HRD minister Smriti Irani and also for labour minister and Secunderabad MP Bandaru Dattatreya.