Interim VC of Hyderabad University goes on leave, M Perisamy new ac

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Hyderabad University on Friday decided to replace the acting Vice Chancellor Vipin Srivastava with immediate affect just before the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi arrived to join the cable light vigil organised by the students protesting against the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.

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ANI reported that Srivastava had gone on immediate leave with the interim charge to run the university being given to M Perisamy.

Srivastava was given charge after the VC Appa Rao Podile went on ‘indefinite leave’ following a nationwide outrage against his role in expelling Vemula and four other dalit students which led to the suicide of the dalit research scholar.

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It’s not clear if Srivastava will join back as interim VC after the ongoing protests die down.

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Students had objected to his appointment as interim VC because they alleged he had played a key role in the expulsion of five dalit students for attacking a leader of ABVP, the student wing of the RSS.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi arrived in Hyderabad on Friday night to join the candle night vigil organised by the protesting students.

He urged the students not to chant ‘Murdabad’ slogans against the university and the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani saying ‘let’s not shout Murdabad to anybody.’

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Soon after Vemula’s suicide, which many had dubbed as a cold-blooded murder, it had emerged how Irani sent four letters to Hyderabad University administration forcing them to take action against the five dalit students.

The HRD ministry’s letter had dubbed these students as ‘anti-national’ because they allegedly attacked a leader of RSS-affiliated student union ABVP.

In the immediate aftermath of Vemula’s death, Irani had held an emergency press conference to defend her ministry’s action.

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