UoH panel to talk with students; 27 accused released on bail



To restore normalcy in the university, a panel of senior faculty members has been formed by the UoH to talk with Joint Action Committee for Social Justice-UoH and Students’ Union members.

The committee will discuss with students about the various issues from the list of demands submitted by them to the university. The panel would inform the JAC-for Social Justice, and the Students’ Union to appoint two members each before starting talks to break the impasse and that classes should resume from 4 April.

Meanwhile, a Hyderabad court on 28 March granted bail to 25 students and two faculty members of University of Hyderabad for ransacking vice chancellor Appa Rao Podile’s office and residence on 22 March.

The accused students were granted bail on a surety of Rs 5,000 each with the condition they have appear before police station every week.

When Appa Rao resumed work on 22 March, university students protested against his presence in the campus and demanded his removal.

The VC had gone on leave on 24 January amid protests on the campus over the suicide of Rohith Vemula. The VC had a hand in suspending five students, including Vemula.

Initially, the protest was peaceful, but soon it turned ugly when some of the protesters threw stones on the police personnel.

The police action came after the irate university students barged into the office of the VC and ransacked the furniture.

Earlier in the day, protests erupted against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the vice-chancellor and classes were suspended until March 27.

Despite the students’ stir, Appa Rao on 28 March inaugurated a global conference on physics amid heavy security.