First published on 25 March, 2016
Stand with HCU: CPI-M’s Memorandum to the President
CPI-M Memorandum to President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee that General Secretary of the Party, Sitaram Yechury will be presenting at 7.30 p.m. on March 25, 2016
Text of the Memorandum:
Hon'ble President of India
I am writing this letter to you with a deep sense of anguish regarding the ongoing developments in the Hyderabad Central University.
The honourable President of India is the Visitor of this central university. There is an ongoing dispute with the newly appointed Vice Chancellor. The students, faculty and the entire university community has been agitating for redressing the circumstances which led to the tragic suicide of a bright research scholar, Rohith Vemula. After this suicide, the Vice Chancellor proceeded on long leave and he suddenly surfaced and took charge on March 22. His resumption of charge was accompanied by a brutal police action against the students and the university community about which I am sure you are aware.
The demand for the removal of this particular Vice Chancellor by the university community is being met with such a police action which has continued on March 23 as well. The water connection to the hostels, access to wifi, food supplies to the hostel mess - all have been discontinued. When the students themselves organised the cooking of food for the inmates they were once again attacked by the police and all those facilities destroyed.
The reason I am writing to you is because on the issue of removal of the Vice Chancellor, the HRD ministry has officially stated to the media the following:
"Regarding the demand for the removal of the VC the ministry has conveyed the same to the Visitor who is the appointing authority."
Regarding the police action the ministry says that this is an "issue of law and order (that) comes under the jurisdiction of the state government".
This was conveyed to the entire media in the country by the HRD spokesperson Ghanshyam Goel (as reported in the Hindu web edition of March 24, 2016). Further, the news agency ANI has also put out on social media and the electronic media the same explanation.
The honourable President of India, who is the visitor of the University has now been dragged into the controversy by the HRD ministry. Given this, I am approaching you to intervene in this situation to restore normalcy in this premier central university in our country. As of now some students are still in hospital with serious injuries. Twenty six students have been detained and are in judicial custody along with two members of the faculty. Thus a total of twenty eight persons are in jail.
Further, we are informed that the first decision taken by the Vice Chancellor upon his return was to defer the meeting of the Academic Council on Thursday (March 24), which was convened by the in-charge Vice Chancellor to discuss the setting up of an anti-discrimination committee on the campus, to ensure adequate representation of SCs and STs on various committees of the university and to consider the proposal to increase the non-NET fellowship from Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 25,000 per month on parity with the Junior Research Fellowship in the country. The in-charge Vice Chancellor has reportedly pleaded that he had no knowledge of the Vice Chancellor returning to assume charge of the university.
Following the tragic suicide of Rohith Vemula there was a case registered against the Vice Chancellor for aiding and abetting this suicide. Instead of proceeding on this case this gruesome attack on the university community was mounted by the police.
Since the honourable President of India as the Visitor of the Hyderabad Central University has been dragged into this controversy by the HRD ministry, I am approaching you to please intervene and ensure that the HCU Vice Chancellor who took a blatantly anti-dalit stand violating all established norms of social inclusion in the university must be removed forthwith. The case registered against him with the police must be proceeded with and justice must be delivered to the university community and the country.
I would also urge upon you to please intervene to ensure that the Human Resources Development ministry is not allowed to be converted into the Hindu Rashtra Development ministry.
Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary, CPI(M)
There should be an independent investigation into allegations of excessive use of force by the police. On 22 March, the Telangana police assaulted protesting students in the UoH campus. Students were protesting against the return of the vice-chancellor of the university whom they hold responsible for the suicide of a Dalit Student, Rohith Vemula, in January 2016.
‘Violence against protesting students in a university cannot under any circumstance be justified. Allegations of sexual violence and threats by the police to women students must be investigated and those suspected of being responsible must be prosecuted,’ said Aakar Patel, Executive Director at Amnesty International India.
“Any protesters who can legitimately be charged for acts of violence or vandalism must be prosecuted and tried in proceedings which meet international fair trial standards.”
‘Male police brutally grabbed, molested, tossed and beat female students and faculties alike. Female faculties were grabbed by their hair and dragged into vans. Male students were swept inside the van and were beaten without mercy,’ said Vaikhari Aryat, a UoH student, in her Facebook post. Akshita Chitla, a student of UoH told Amnesty International India, ‘I was dragged outside from the VC office where I was protesting. Police told us not to behave like prostitutes and threatened us with rape. Most of my friends who were girls were slapped and kicked by male and female police officers.’ 25 students and two faculty members among the protesters have been arrested for allegedly vandalizing the vice-chancellor’s office and booked for rioting, criminal intimidation and damage to public property. If found guilty they could be imprisoned for up to 7 years.
Udaya Bhanu, a UoH student and President of the Madiga Students Federation is one of many students admitted in hospital because of the police assault. He said there are injuries across his body including blood clot in his ear and that the doctors suspect internal bleeding. “Yesterday there was no food and water in the campus. So we decided to help the protesting students by arranging some food and water for them. While we were bringing the food packets the police spotted us and said we were encouraging the protesting students. They started beating us up and threatened us if we supported the protesting students,’ said Udaya Bhanu from the hospital.On Tuesday evening the university authorities closed the gates to the campus, preventing the protesters from accessing essential supplies. It was only on Thursday morning, in response to some students underlining human rights violations, that the university authorities restored such essential supplies. The situation in the campus remains tense.
‘Students have a right to protest. Denying students electricity, water and food merely because they are protesting is unacceptable,’ said Aakar Patel.
Caste-based discrimination on campus has been at the center of the protests in UoH. Students who belong to Dalit, Adivasi and other vulnerable communities have consistently spoken out against their marginalization on the campus, and claim that civil liberties are being eroded. An anti-discrimination committee meeting on the UoH campus that was scheduled on March 24 to look into wider representation of Dalit and Adivasi students in decision making bodies was never convened.
‘The university must act to ensure it remains an inclusive place for everyone; there must be no discrimination against those who belong to certain castes or profiling of students because they are politically active on this issue’, said Aakar Patel.
The assault on students in campus and their arrest by the police violates many provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and the Indian Constitution. Article 19 of the Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech and expression and freedom of peaceful assembly. Arrests of peaceful protesters violate India’s obligations under international law, specifically the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to respect and protect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, set out in Article 19 and Article 21 of that treaty. The arrest of the students and holding them for almost 24 hours without giving any information about their status is in breach of numerous international human rights standards including the UN Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment.
There is a long documented history of systematic and organized marginalization of Dalits within Indian society. The UoH campus has been at the center of an ongoing protest that began after the social boycott and suspension of five Dalit students in 2015 over allegations of violence against other students. These allegations were brought forward by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad (ABVP) which is the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling political party in India. None of those allegations of violence were proven and the students continue to face marginalization by the university authorities. In January 2016, one of the five students, a 26-year-old PhD scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide. His suicide galvanized student protests across the country.
The vice-chancellor, Appa Rao re-joined on March 22nd 2016, despite a criminal case under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 filed against him. He joined calling upon media for a press conference announcing his return.
The student and teacher body protested against his re-joining as vice-chancellor. The protestors were brutally attacked by the police, male police officials physically assaulted female students, and they were lathi charged. Currently 36 students and 3 faculty members are detained in undisclosed locations and many students who were brutally injured during the attack are in different hospitals. 9 students are in judicial remand. They have no food or water served. At least 100 police officials continue to be on campus.
The Internet was disconnected on campus disallowing students to disseminate information on details of the attack or the status of the arrest. Thus isolating the students and teachers body from rest of the civil society.
NCDHR is anguished by the state apathy towards students from marginalised communities. This reflects the total apathy of the administration and the government towards the issue of exclusionary practices in higher education. The attack is not just on the student body and their right to dissent but gravely undermines democratic spaces and values as enshrined in the Constitution.
We demand –
- Immediate unconditional release of Prashant Dontha of Ambedkar Student Association, along with other 35 students and 3 faculty members.
- Immediately arrest and take action against the Vice-Chancellor under SC/ST PoA Act.
- The act of re-joining office by the VC, while the case is still in the process of investigation is aborting justice and scuttling it.
- Police to immediately leave University premises.
- Restoration of basic facilities to the student body.
- Students and teachers must be consulted in entire process.
- MHRD to ensure campuses are free from police brutality and violence.
- Government to immediately enact Rohith Act to act as a safeguard against exclusionary practices.
Prof Vimal Thorat, Mr N Paul Divakar, Ms Asha Kowtal and Dr VA Ramesh Nathan
March 23, 2016
Shri Chandrasekar Rao Garu,
I have tried in vain to contact you over telephone the whole day today. Several messages have been left with your staff, but there has been no response. Having thus failed, I am writing this letter.
I am writing this letter with a sense of anguish and anger. I am particularly agonized at writing this letter to you on the martyrdom day of Shahid Bhagat Singh.
The brutal police attack against students and other sections of the academic community in the Hyderabad Central University yesterday has been followed up by another round of attack today. Continuing the manner with which the students were dealt with by the Telangana police yesterday, the police today have reportedly mounted yet another attack inside the campus. The manner in which the girl students were attacked by the male police with the liberal usage of foul language against them is reprehensible.
Following the stoppage of water connection, access to wifi, food supplies to the hostel messes, the students themselves organized the preparation of food for the hostel inmates. Today, all these facilities were attacked by the police and the Vice Chancellor has reportedly shut down the hostels.
Most of us in the country are aghast at the manner in which such brutal assault is mounted on the university community by the Telangana police in one of the premier Central universities of our country.
The Vice Chancellor who proceeded on leave following the tragic suicide of Rohith Vemula was booked under charges of aiding and abetting this suicide by creating the circumstances leading to this tragedy. Instead of proceeding against the Vice Chancellor on this case, the Telangana police has resorted to such brutality against the students.
The students were protesting against the return of this Vice Chancellor and demanding that the case against him must be proceeded with. It is clear that the police action under the sanction of the state government was to facilitate the return of this Vice Chancellor.
Further, we are informed that the first decision taken by the Vice Chancellor upon the return was to defer the meeting of the Academic Council on Thursday (March 24), which was convened by the in-charge Vice Chancellor to discuss the setting up of an anti-discrimination committee on the campus, to ensure adequate representation of SCs and STs on various committees of the university and to consider the proposal to increase the non-NET fellowship from Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 25,000 per month on parity with the Junior Research Fellowship in the country. The in-charge Vice Chancellor has reportedly pleaded that he had no knowledge of the Vice Chancellor returning to assume charge of the university.
The Telangana government, under your stewardship, has been vocal in announcing that it champions the interests of the overwhelming bulk of the state's population that comes from SC/ST and various Other Backward Classes and the marginalized sections. Surely, your government and administration cannot concur with these latest decisions of this Vice Chancellor. Yet, it is the Telangana police, under the remit of your government, that has spearheaded this brutal attack against the university and the students.
This has happened as the university community continues to remain traumatized over the tragic suicide of Rohith Vemula and the circumstances created on the campus leading to such a tragedy.
Instead of proceeding, I repeat, against the Vice Chancellor on the basis of the case registered against him, your government has discharged this responsibility of mounting this attack against this university community.
It is being reported in the media that 28 students, who are victims of this brutal lathi charge, have now been remanded into custody and lodged at the Central Jail.
In the fitness of living up to your own proclamations and assurances, the arrested students must be released immediately and the cases against them must be dropped. The Telangana police must immediately proceed on the registered cases against the Vice Chancellor. As this is a Central University, we are demanding of the Central Government that their appointed
Vice Chancellor be removed forthwith.
General Secretary, CPI(M)
A couple of days ago, a report ranked three departments of the University of Hyderabad among the top 500 university facilities in the world. The education we received at UoH helped us to not only shape our careers, but also to question, critique and analyse concepts such as equality, fraternity and social justice. Upon entering a central university of this size, we were exposed to the sheer diversity of this country. UoH, like other central universities in India, is an amalgam of many languages, cultures, religions and regions.
However, much like the rest of the country, the university campus is a space where systematically oppressive caste structures operate and are institutionally legitimised. Recent events at UoH have left us dismayed and angered at the treatment meted out to peacefully protesting students at the hands of the administration and the police.
Suicides of Dalit students have been recurring in UoH. While such incidents continue unabated across the country, the issue spiralled into a nationwide students’ protest with the untimely death of Dalit scholar and social activist Rohith Vemula on January 17, 2016. Rohith’s suicide note gives us glimpses into the individual that he was — an astute observer of the human condition. His progressive ideas gave hope, especially to marginalised groups, for whom he fought tirelessly. The son of a Dalit mother who makes her living out of a sewing machine, he proudly bore his mother’s identity and fought for the rights of all people regardless of caste, class, gender and sexuality. He was especially vocal about the plight of Dalit students, a 200-million-strong population that has historically been denied fair opportunities to achieve social mobility in Indian society. It is unforgivable that the university administration could not save him.
A grave problem lies, therefore, in the fact that as of March 22, Dr. Appa Rao Podile, who mismanaged the suspension of Rohith and others, leading to his suicide, has resumed the office of the VC after two months of leave. This is highly inappropriate especially given that a non-bailable charge is registered against him under the SC/ST Atrocities Act and a judicial inquiry to determine accountability is still pending.
“We the alumni of University of Hyderabad write to draw attention to the atrocities that the students are experiencing for raising their voices against injustice”
The morning of Rao’s return saw an unprecedented display of violence in the campus. The media reported that the students pelted stones and ransacked the VC’s lodge. But, information from several sources, especially eyewitness accounts from students, faculty and non-teaching staff, contests mainstream media reports. There is ample footage of the police brutally assaulting students with lathis. Some police personnel allegedly threatened to rape students. Even faculty members were not spared.
After the incident, the university has been locked down with no food (14 messes have shut operations), water, electricity (in some parts), and no internet connectivity. This cannot be the reality of a central university, where, as we write this letter, ATM cards linked to student accounts have been blocked barring students from making essential purchases. Students who attempted to cook for their peers were severely beaten up by the police for the absurd crime of ‘cooking in a public place’. The administration has imposed an emergency-like situation in one of India’s biggest universities. Today UoH resembles a surveillance state with students being attacked, and their basic needs like food, water and money being denied to them. As the University and state administration try to starve out its own students by using state machinery and the law to wage war on members of a public institution, the response of the city has been heartening, with residents of Hyderabad cooking and delivering food and water to the students.
In light of these developments, we appeal to all citizens to keep asking the unpleasant questions that Rohith’s suicide has raised; questions about the persistence of caste in our educational institutions, and the present government’s apathy and refusal to hold the university administration accountable. Universities are spaces for understanding our complex social structures where questions are and must be raised against the abuse of power and authoritarianism.
We the undersigned alumni of this university-in-turmoil write to draw attention to the atrocities that the students are experiencing for raising their voices against injustice. We stand with the students and faculty around the country in universities like UoH, JNU, FTII, DU, IIT Madras, University of Allahabad and numerous others that are fighting to uphold the freedoms that are guaranteed by our constitution. We stand with Radhika Vemula and her ongoing courageous struggle for justice against a casteist and patriarchal administration. We demand the immediate and unconditional release of students and faculty members who were ambushed and taken into judicial custody on the morning of March 22. We condemn any kind of violence that tries to suppress freedom of expression and seeks instead to spread fear. Let all students and citizens debate to make India the safest example of a real grassroot democracy. Let them speak for a just world where everyone feels safe to just be.
|Name||Affiliation||Year of graduation||Course of study|
|Nanditha Mathew||Research Fellow, National Research Council, Italy.||2009||M.A and M.Phil Economics|
|Aabha Sharma||KPMG India||2014||IMA Political Science|
|RASHAD MOIDEEN||No Affiliation||2014|
|Hameeda C. K.||Student, JNU||2014|
|Gopika G G||PhD Scholar, Centre for Development Studies||2014|
|Vaishnavi Shankar||Instructional Designer||2008||MA English|
|Anu Salelkar||Alumni, Student, Hyderabad Central University||2008|
|Juby George||Editor, Higher ed publisher||2010|
|Silpa Satheesh||Student, University of South Florida||2010|
|Alamuru Soumya||Frelane research scholar||2011|
|Shauhrat S. Chopra||Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago||2009|
|Carmel Christy||Postdoctoral fellow, University of California Santa Cruz||2011|
|Shijo Varghese||Asst. Professor, Sacred Heart College, Thevara||2013|
|A.P Sreeraj||Assistant Professor, CUR||2010|
|Abhigna S||Academic Editor||2012|
|Bestin Samuel||Writer, World Vision India||2012||M.A English and MPhil Comparative Literature|
|Maithreyi M R||Senior editor, BNHS-India||1997|
|Ramesh Bairy||Associate professor, IITB||2004|
|Navika Harshe||HCU/ alum||2004|
|Anirban Dey||Editor, Cambridge University Press||2010|
|Bindhulakshmi P||Associate Professor, TISS, Mumbai||2010|
|Shipra Nigam||Research Scholar , New Delhi||2000|
|Jaseena t p||Student||2003|
|Tore Holst||External lecturer, university of Roskilde||2007||MA English|
|Diana Gomes||Alumni, UoH||2014||M.F.A Painting|
|Rakesh Nanjappa||Student, State University of New York||2014|
|Priya Vijay||PhD scholar, JNU||2014||M.A English and MPhil Comparative Literature|
|Shamsudheen U. K||HCU alumni||2013|
|Aparna R||HCU alumni||2014|
|Samiah Sultana||Ex-student, University of Hyderabad||2015|
|Mahaprajna Nayak||CSSSC, Kolkata||2005|
|Kirti Ajith Varma||Independent researcher||2011|
|Meghana Rao||PhD Student, University of Toronto||2013|
|Faiza Hasan||Alumni, University of Hyderbad||2014|
|Savitha Suresh||Student, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore||2014|
|Merlin Abey Theressa||Analyst, Private Firm||2012|
|Jithin Mathew||Student IIT B||2012|
|Nithin M||Assistant Professor, MCC||2012|
|Dhaneesh M P||M.Phil Research Scholar||2002|
|Sreekumar jayadevan||IIT Jodhpur||2012|
|Manjari||Student, Central University of Gujarat||2012|
|Ojas Shetty||Independent Researcher||2015||MA Anthropology|
|Sheeja Rajagopal||Student, IITM||2002||MA English|
|Abhishek Bakuli||Student, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung||2008|
|Abir Dasgupta||Student, TISS||2011|
|R K Debbarma||Assistant Professor, TISS, Guwahati campus||2014|
|Rahul Deshmukh||Student, City University of New York||2012|
|Gowri Shankar||Student, UOH||2012|
|Muhammed P||Research Scholar, EFL University, Hyderabad||2007|
|Deepti||Chief copy editor, The Times of India||2011|
|Sujata Mishra||Policy Researcher||2010|
|Rohit Thapa||Teach For India||2007|
|Himanshu Upadhyaya||Assistant Professor, Azim Premji University||2014|
|M Naresh Kumar||Student||2003|
|Tore Holst||Recent PhD Graduate/Roskilde University||2006|
|Shilpaa Anand||Assistant Professor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University Hyderabad||2006|
|Manjari||Student, Central University of Gujarat||2011|
|Vikas Kumar Moola||M.Phil Social Sciences, CSSSC||2012||IMA Sociology|
|SALMA ASHRAF||STUDENT, University of Hyderabad||2012|
|Richa Gupta||Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta/PhD research scholar||2012||MA English|
|Kevin B. Haynes||Student, Western Michigan University||2012|
|M Naresh Kumar||Student/University of Hyderbad||2006||MA English|
|Kedar Kulkarni||Student, University of Hyderabad||2006|
|Nikhilesh Sinha||Lecturer, Hult International Business School, London||2004||MA Economics|
|Arpan Ganguly||Student, UoH/Graduate Instructor, Colorado State University||2004|
|Knut Aukland||Phd candidate, University of Bergen, Norway||2014|
|Lijinesh M T||student||2010|
|Ratheesh Radhakrishnan||Associate Professor, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay||2011|
|Devi G R||PhD scholar, Dept. of Physics, IIT Madras||2012||M.Sc. Physics|
|PRITI LAISHRAM||Student, DELHI SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS||2012|
|Laishram Priyanka||Alumni, University of Hyderabad||2014|
|Sharmila||Associate Professor, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay||2014|
|Yacoub Zachariah Kuruvilla||Phd Research Scholar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai||2001|
|Rekha Abel||Independent Development Consultant||1995||Ph.D. Linguistics|
|Alex M. Thomas||Senior Lecturer, Azim Premji University||2011||MA and MPhil Economics|
|K.Srilata||Professor, Dept of HSS, IITM||1998||MA, MPhil and PhD English|
|Tejaswini Niranjana||Professor, TISS and Lingnan University||1998|
|Swati Bandi||Independent Scholar||1998 – present||Faculty|
|Paromita Bose||Assistant Professor, Mahindra Ecole Centrale||2014||M.Phil, PhD English|
|Jayanti K Chhetri||Alumni, University of Hyderabad||2010|
|Suresh Pittala||Postdoc at Indian Institute of Science||2010|
|Sanjeev C M||Assistant Professor, NIFT||2000||MFA Painting|
|Jasmeet Sahi||Freelance writer||2008||MA English|
|Anupama S||Ex Student UoH||2008|
|Priyanka Das||Student, UOH||2014|
|Sanjeev Routray||Sessional Lecturer, University of British Columbia||2001|
|Shashikantha Koudur||Associate Professor, NIT, Karnataka||2001|
|Amrit Amlan Pattanaik||Senior Lecturer, Xavier University Bhubaneswar||2008|
|Unika Prusty||Freelance Journalist & Independent Researcher||2010|
|Bidyut Sagar Boruah||Independent Researcher||2009|
|Dharashree Das||PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University, Canada||2001|
|Gurveen Kaur||Independent Researcher, Alumnus||1986|
|Pridhvi Sabbineni||Alumnus,University of Hyderabad (Physics)||2012|
|Mohsin Khan||Economist/consultant – Deloitte Malaysia||2009||MA Economics|
|Sawmya Ray||Associate Professor, IITG||2009|
|Vaskar Upadhyay||UoH, MA English, 2001. Currently based IN, US||2009|
|Kiriti Kanjilal||PhD Student, Washington State University||2013|
|Koshy Tharakan||Professor, Goa University||1992|
|Kushal Deb||Professor, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay||1989|
|Navaneetha Mokkil Maruthur||Assistant Professor, JNU||2001|
|TV Madhu||Professor, University of Calicut||1996|
|Lourembam Arnold||Student, University of Hyderabad||2014-present|
|Sudeshna Devi||Student, Jawaharlal Nehru University||2007|
|Shravan Kumar||Alumni, University of Hyderabad||1997-1999||MA Communication – SN School|
|Avinandan Mukherjee||Alumnus, University of Hyderabad||2007||MA English|
|Swathysree||PhD Candidate, IIM Calcutta||2013|
|Akhila M V||Alumnus, University of Hyderabad||2011|
|J S Sam||Social Scientist||2007|
|Sujith SN||Artist.||2007||MFA – SN School|
|Uday Bhaskar Sharma||Senior Research Fellow, IMSc, Chennai.||2011||M.Sc. Mathematics (Integrated)|
|Madhusudan Nag||Research Scholar, Centre for Development Studies||2011-13||M.A in Economics|
|Umasankar Patra||University of Delhi, Delhi||2011||MA English|
|Vishal Babu||Editor, Viva Books Private Limited||2011||MA English|
|Anandavardhanan||Associate Professor, IIT Bombay||2002|
|Vipin Krishna||JNU PHD Student||2010|
|Jaya Peter||Student, HCU,HYDERABAD||1996|
|Rekha Abel||Independent Development Consultant||1995|
|Divyaprabha V J||Student||2012|
|Anita Cherian||Assistant Professor in English, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi||1993|
|Bindu K C||Ambedkar University/ Assistant Professor||2004|
|Anupama Ayyala Somayajala||Central University, Gujarat/Assistant Professor||1998|
|Madhumita Biswal||Central University, Assistant Professor||2009|
|Sudarshan Papanna||Central University, Gujarat/Assistant Professor||2012|
|Abhishek Shaw||Assistant Editor, Economic and Political Weekly||2011|
|Jomy Abraham||PhD research scholar, JNU||2013|
|Deepak Rajula||Student, UOH||2014|
|Kranthi Nanduri||Fellow student, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta||2014|
|Reshma Radhakrishnan||Research Scholar, Delhi University||2005|
|Parvathi K. Iyer||Assistant Professor CUG||2009|
|Amit Upadhyay||Assistant Professor, TISS Hyderabad||2001||MA Sociology|
|Rituparna Sur||university of hyderabad||2012|
|D Parthasarathy||IIT Bombay Professor||1995|
|Ratheesh Kumar||JNU/ Assistant Professor||2000|
|Rajyashree Sen||PhD student, Janelia Research Campus, VA||2012|
|Dr. Robin Luke Varghese||Independent Researcher||2015||MA, MPhil, PhD Philisophy|
|Niveditha Kalarikkal||Assistant Professor, , Central University of Gujarat||2013|
|Shamsiya Qosimova||Independent Contractor, BBC Monitoring in Dushanbe||2001|
|Sunitha M||Lead Technical Writer, Wipro Technologies, Hyderabad||2006|
|Saiyora Saimurodova||Student, Master of Arts in Sociology, HCU||2001|
|Dr.D.Anand||Asst. Regional Director , Indira gandhi National Open University||2008|
|Asmita Chaudhuri||Project Fellow, Jadavpur University||2007||MA, Applied Linguistics|
|Samik Malla||Research Scholar, IIT Madras||2013|
|Smrti K.P||IxD Architect, Nokia||2007||MPhil English, PhD Translation Studies|
|Dr. Itishree Pattnaik||Assistant Professor, GIDR||2009||Phd Economics|
|Shivali Tukdeo||NIAS, Bangalore|
|Milan George Jacob||Hindustan Times, New Delhi||2014||IMA Economics|
|S. Anand||Publisher, Navyana||1997||MA and Mphil, Department of English|
|Elizabeth Priyanka||Ex-student, MA Communication||2013||SN School.|
|Sumanta Thangjam||Phd, Philosophy||2013|
|Thushara Mohanan||Ex Student , MA Communication||2009||SN School|
|Pritipushpa Mishra||Lecturer, University of Southampton|
|Jasmine Yimchunger||Assistant Proffessor, Sikkim University||2007||MA Communications – SN School|
|Balendu Rashmi||Bhumika Women’s Collective||2014||Integrated Masters in Sociology|
|Sudha Samyukta||PRIA||2014||Integrated Masters in Sociology|
|Geetha Krishna||PRIA||2014||Integrated Masters in Sociology|
|Vinitha Mokshagundam||Lecturer, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore||2012||MA, M.Phil, History|
|Ado Kehie||Student, IIT Guhati||2005||MA Sociology|
|Jaishree Ram Mohan||Editor,||1994|
|Thungchobeni||Assistant Professor,Alder College,Kohima.||2007|
|Jyotsna Yedem||HCU Alumni||2008|
|Akshara Ravishankar||Assistant Professor, Gargi College||2012|
|Themeem T||Asst. professor, St. Stephens College, Delhi||2015|
|Vinitha||Lecturer, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore||2012|
|Suresh K Golle||student||2009|
|Pattela Omkar Nadh||Student||2014|
|Malavika Rao||Performance maker||2008|
|Monica||Ex Student from UOH||2014|
|Naveen Kumar P||Student||2011|
|Deepthi Krisha T||Student||2016|
|Santosh Gurrani||Alumni, Hyderabad Central University||2011|
|Chandra Kiran Katta||Communication Specialist/NGO||2006|
|Shravan Kumar||University of Hyderabad – Alumni||1999|
|Aswani RS||HCU Student||2011|
|Monica Nanjunda||University Of Hyderabad – Alumni||2013||SN School Of Fine Arts|
|Kedar Kulkarni||Research Assistant, FEEM, Italy||2014||IMA Economics|
|Rakesh R.||Assistant Proffessor, St. John’s College||2012||MA and MPhil, Department of English|
|Imlienla Jamir||Student, Analog IAS||2014||IMA Political Science|
|Ekta Singla||Student, UCL-Institute of Education, London||2011||MA Applied Linguistics|
|S Sayujya||Alumnus, UoH||2014||MPhil English|
|Anwesha Chakraborty||Phd Student, University of Bologna||2007||MA English|
|Ratan Laishram||Alumni HCU||2012||MA Economics|
|Sunil Kumar Polamuri||IT Professional||1999||MA Applied Linguistics|
|Sukriti Kapur||Student, Erasmus Mundus Masters Program||2014||MA Economics|
|Tharakeshwar V.B.||Teacher, EFL University||1997||Ph.D. English|
|Madhurima Majumder||Research fellow, Anveshi||2013|
|M B Sudha Rani||Media Professional||1999||MA Mass Communications|
|Rakesh Sengupta||Post-doctoral researcher, York University, Toronto||2015||Ph.D., Cognitive Science|
|G Naga Sena Rana||Media Professional||1999||MA Mass Communications|
|Sopei Joel Rungsung||Media Professional||2013||MA Mass Communications|
|Aravind Parakkot||Alumnus||2001||MA English|
|Anu K antony||Research fellow, IIT, Bombay||MA, Mphil Sociology|
|Anna Mini||Freelance writer||2014||MA Political Science|
|Yanger Kichu||2007||MA History|
|Asima Jena||Assistant professor,Central University of Gujarat||2009|
|Anuradha Banerji||Research Scholar, Ambedkar University||2011|
|Anju Christine Lingham||Student, King’s College London, University of London||2013|
|Pranith Maddirala||SN School, University of Hyderabad||2011|
|Esfandiar Adina (Rahim Rahimov)||Student||2002|
|sukhvinder multani||educationist and researcher||2004|
|Monu Rajan||Alumnus, UoH||2011|
|Abhilash Augustine||Student, JNU||2013|
|madhav vinodh||Student, UoH||2013|
|Kathi Mahesh Kumar||Student||2000|
|Hariprasad R||Student, central university of hyderabad||2011|
|TINCHU P JAMES||STUDENT||2011|
|Sujatha Girija||Alumnae of HCU||2004|
|Harini Kumar||PhD student, University of Chicago||2011|
|JNANESH R J||HCU||2011|
|Gautami||Alumnus/University of Hyderabad||2012|
|Nargis Vasundhara||Student, Ph.D, Delhi University||2011|
|JOSEPH MICHAEL JOSE||alumni||2011|
Six months after submission of recommendations by the Committee, some members release it independently
Autorickshaw drivers in Bengal are facing major crises amid the covid-19 lockdown. Caught between the struggle of fare hike and reduced number of passengers per ride, they are also facing the risk of scaring away potential passengers and a major reduction of daily income. In such a situation, some auto drivers don’t know the way forward. Watch this SabrangIndia exclusive video where auto rickshaw drivers of Bengal share their experiences.