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Students miffed with Kejriwal’s job offer to Rohith Vemula’s brother

Arvind Kejriwal, AIIMS
Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Photo: IANS)

The Delhi Government’s  has  doffer of employment to  Rohit Vemula’s brother Raja has drawn a lot of flak. Kejriwal government’s offer of a temporary clerical job on compassionate grounds has infuriated students and teachers of the Hyderabad Central University (HCU). They see it as an insult since he is having a Masters degree in Geology and has cleared National Eligibility Test which qualifies him for the post of Assistant Professor.

Raja however thanked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and said he has not decided whether to accept the offer or not. Earlier he had said that his brother Rohith want him to purse his doctoral studies from a foreign university.

Kejriwal offered the job for Rohith’s  brother when he met his mother in Delhi in February. The official order came last week. Delhi government clarified that according to rules only class C and class D jobs can be offered on compassionate grounds. The Delhi government’s letter says that the candidate has been given relaxation from normal procedure for selection and exempted him from skill test qualifications.

Rohith’s friends and some teachers said Delhi government’s action smacks of casteism. They said when Kejriwal offered Raja a job they were expecting it will commensurate with his qualifications.

Rohith had committed suicide after he was allegedly targeted by the right wing Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and University authorities. The suicide of the  Dalit research  scholar had triggered widespread protests against the university authorities and the BJP government.

The widespread anger over Rohith’s death  soon transformed into a movement to end discrimination in university campuses and other higher education institutes across the country. The students of HCU demands the resignation of the Vice Chancellor Appa Rao and case be registered against union minister Bandaru Dattatreya whose actions, students allege pushed Rohit Vemula to take his life.

Facing criticism, the vice chancellor who went for indefinite leave took charge last month which again led to huge protests by the students. Police actions against the striking students again led to huge protest across the country. Despite wide spread condemnation government is unrelenting and has rejected students demand to sack the  vice chancellor.

 

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