Senior Dalit faculty member Prof. Sreepati Ramudu resigns from the post of Head of the Center for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy in protest against the appointment of Prof. Vipin Srivastava as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad.
Prof. Sreepati Ramudu writes,
"I resigned from the headship of Center for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy.today against the decision of appointing Prof, Vipin Srivastava as the Pro-Vice Chancellor 1 of University of Hyderabad. When Pof. Vipin Srivastava was instated as interim Vice-Chancellor earlier, SC/ST Teachers' Forum opposed it because Prof, Vipin Srivastava was allegedly responsible for the tragic death of a yet another Dalit research scholar Senthil Kumar in 2008. Prof. Vipin Srivastava also headed the Sub-Committee, Executive Council that executed the decision of social boycott against the five Dalit research scholars which eventually led to the tragic death of Rohith Vemula. I am pained by the constant humiliation and oppression that is meted out to the Dalit community in the University. I, in my capacity as the Head of the Center, suggested constructive measures to make this campus socially inclusive. I thought there will be measures taken by the University administration to build confidence among Dalits on campus but to my dismay, the things are turning the other way round. I am pained and my conscience does not permit to continue as the Head of the Center at a time when the Dalit community on campus lack the confidence in the administration that should ideally be impartial towards the campus community."