This is a statement issued by different student organizations at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad, as a protest against the rustication of three students.
“Rustication of Three Students-A Cowardly Revengeful Act by the Corrupt V.C., Prof Sunaina Singh and her Gang”
With the latest act of rusticating three students, Mohan Dharavath, Satish Nainala and Subhash Kumar, the feudal administration of The English and Foreign Languages University has once again proved that the university is not meant for students to get educated but it is only for a handful of cruel academic politicians to loot in the name of contracts, scams, and cutting down various welfare schemes for students and for anti-student ruling.
By March 11, it was almost a week since the reading room was closed without giving any prior notice or any viable reason or showing any alternative. The democratically elected student council took up the issue since even they were not consulted for any discussion in this regard and they started the agitations demanding the opening of the only reading room on the campus. After various measures of peaceful democratic modes of protest like giving request letters to VC, holding talks with so-called student friendly administration turned faculty members, peaceful rallies on campus and so on, the students called for ‘occupy library.’ The exams were nearing and the confines of the campus hostel were too limited for students to study. The cunning administration, on the day of protest, without any information and intimation closed down the library. When students came to know this they were agitated at the cruel and cheap politics played by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sunaina Singh. Angry students in hundreds, under the leadership of Student Council, gathered in front of the library demanding the administration to open it. The students were not allowed to enter the library and as usual were given no response by the administration as to why the library had been closed down. When a large mass of students saw some of the library staff coming out from the closed library, they got agitated and tried to go into the library. With the large mass of students pouring on the fragile glass door, it broke down. These three students—Mohan Dharavath, a president of Dalit Adivasi Bahujan Minority Students’ Association, Satish Nainala, General Secretary of Telangana Students’ Association and Subash Kumar on behalf of Democratic Students Front—were present only to express their solidarity with the protest lead by Student Council.
In connection to this, the university administration had already filed a case in the police station against the rusticated students for which they had given a reply to the Police Station, Osmania University which was found satisfactory by the cops. The cruel administration, on realizing that their ploy did not work at police level, went a step backwards and started investigation secretly with the gang of Brahminic academic goons as committee members. The so-called committee—the details of when it was constituted and when it conducted enquiry—still remains a top secret and was never published on any notice board nor intimated to any of the affected students. Even now nobody knows what the minutes of the committee report is and what its rationale for coming to such a conclusion? All of a sudden when the majority of students (all except PhD) started leaving, the administration cunningly disclosed this decision of rusticating the students so as to avoid mass resistance.
We condemn the decision of rusticating these student activists who have been very active in exposing the crores of scams by Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sunaina Singh which was proven true in the recently published CAG report. They have also been instrumental in resisting the undemocratic and anti-student policies of administration starting from increase in fees, cutting down welfare policies of students, and the brutal repression unleashed by the feudal administration on various occasions by using police force. This act is motivated by revenge by the administration as the university administration had already illegally filed number of fabricated and false cases against these students particularly Mohan Dharavath and Satish Nainala. They have been issued number of show cause notices on baseless allegations. These two students have been also been in the news recently opposing the unconstitutional cutoff marks that was illegally imposed by the university administration which restricts the entry of students particularly from SC, ST, OBC and Minority backgrounds.
Prof. Sunaina Singh, since she was appointed as VC of EFLU, has been involved in these kinds of revengeful, undemocratic and anti-student activities by filing fabricated cases and targeting agitating students. Students who have been in the forefront questioning the crores of corruption and the non-secular and castiest practices of the administration headed by Prof. Sunaina Singh have been targeted and rusticated. If the administration rusticates three students for an alleged act of breaking glass worth of may be some thousand rupees what disciplinary act should be initiated against Prof. Sunaina Singh for her crores of scams? For violation of Constitutional democratic norms? For designing anti-student in particular anti-SC, ST, OBC and minority student policies? For compelling students to suicides.
This decision is illegal, and stabs the spirit of democracy and justice. This reveals the anti-students, anti-SC, ST, OBC and Minority students, and upper caste feudal nature of VC and her gang. VC’s unilateral decision shows that VC is taking decisions as though the university is her own feudal estate. Taking a disciplinary action when a case on the same incident is already registered with police shows how VC and the Proctorial board is turning anti-constitutional.
1. Immediate withdrawal of rustication of students; Mohan Daravath, Satish Naianala, and Subash Kumar.
2. Remove Prof. Sunaina Singh from VC post and constitute a CBI probe into her illegalities and financial crimes that are disclosed by CAG report.
3. Arrest Prof. Sunaina Singh for harassing SC, ST, OBC and Minority students.
In this regard, we urge to the university community that VC, Prof. Sunaina Singh not only attacked the students, but teachers, and non-teaching staff too. This witch hunting would never end unless we resist. Our resistance is for our survival, for our rights and self respect and to safe guard the democracy. In our fight against the brahminical, feudal, anti-student administration we request our student friends, teachers, democrats on the campus to join our struggle to democratize the university campus and secure our rights.
TSA, DABMSA, PDSU, SIO & MSF
(The statement was sent by “EFLU Students for Justice”.)
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