Casteist remarks towards Ph.D candidate: Kerala’s MG varsity removes nanotechnology centre director

The Mahatma Gandhi University right here on Saturday eliminated the Director of its Nanotechnology centre, who had allegedly made some casteist remarks towards a Ph.D candidate.

Deepa P Mohanan, a Dalit PhD candidate on the MG University, has been on a starvation strike since October 29, alleging that her doctoral research have been delayed as a result of caste discrimination by sure varsity officers.

The Vice Chancellor has knowledgeable the media that Director Nandakumar was eliminated as per the instruction of the state authorities.

Earlier within the day, Higher Education Minister R Bindu stated the state authorities had intervened to make sure that MG college authorities stand by the scholar, take a look at the problem from her perspective, and resolve her issues accordingly.

“What we have come to learn now is this. The VC has assured Deepa that she will be able to complete her research without any social or technical hindrance. She would have access to all necessary infra, including library-lab-hostel facilities. The VC himself would act as her guide. Deepa had also been open to these suggestions,” Bindu stated.

She added each the High Court and the SC/ST fee had earlier intervened within the challenge in response to the scholar’s complaints and the federal government was of the view that the varsity, after contemplating these interventions, ought to take efforts to resolve her criticism as quickly as potential.

“The varsity has been asked for an explanation regarding the impediments they are facing in investigating the complaint after removing the accused teacher from office. If the issue is technical, they can provide us with the details of any document required for the purpose.” “The government is concerned about the student’s health situation. I’m anxious personally as well. As soon as we get an explanation from the university, steps will be taken to ensure justice for Deepa,” the minister stated in a sequence of tweets.

Bindu stated if the choice to interchange the accused instructor continues to stay pending, authorities can be particularly instructed to ask the instructor to step down and requested the scholar to contemplate this as an assurance from the facet of the federal government and withdraw from the strike.

The 36-year-old pupil has been on a starvation strike demanding entry to assets wanted to finish her PhD, a change in her analysis information, and the removing of Nandakumar, the director of the International and Inter-University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (IIUCNN), from the institute.

She has alleged that Nandakumar has been hampering her analysis work. The college had on November 1, promised to meet all her calls for besides removing of the director, following which she continued her protest.

Deepa Mohanan claimed that for the final ten years, her research had been affected because of the actions of the director of the institute, allegedly as a result of she is a Dalit.

The Congress social gathering had come out in help of the scholar.