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JNU renews fellowship of Dalit scholar who threatened suicide

In a separate letter, he had said he was absent from the university for a certain period due to death of four members of his family, including his father and brother. He, however, added as he has resumed his studies, he wants his fellowship to continue. Jawaharlal Nehru University has released the grants to a Dalit scholar who had sent letters to its former Vice-Chancellor threatening to commit suicide if his fellowship was not renewed for another year.Alleging that he has been “discriminated and harassed” by his department which was trying to “block his PhD”, the Dalit researcher with International Organisation (ORG) division, CIPOD, had written two letters to former V-C S K Sopory and demanded resumption of his fellowship in a week’s time threatening he would commit suicide otherwise.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a separate letter, he had said he was absent from the university for a certain period due to death of four members of his family, including his father and brother. He, however, added as he has resumed his studies, he wants his fellowship to continue.”JNU administration has spoken to the students and resolved the issue in view of the financial difficulties faced by the student and the unfortunate deaths in his family. His fellowship has been released after adjusting the amount that he had taken as advance for a field trip to Brussels but spent on his grandmother’s medical treatment.”The university will ensure that the student faces no difficulty in submission of his PhD thesis,” the varsity said in a press statement.Earlier, the HRD Ministry had asked the varsity to look into the “genuine” grievances of the Dalit scholar and resolve the matter promptly.Nine more students of the department had claimed that they are being “harassed on the basis of caste”.The varsity maintained it is in the process of resolving the issues of the students concerned.

9 more JNU students allege harassment and bias on caste basis

After a Dalit student of JNU sent letters to its Vice-Chancellor alleging discrimination and threatened to commit suicide, nine more students of the varsity on Wednesday said they are being “harassed on the basis of caste”.The Dalit student had sent two letters to the VC threatening that he would his life if his research grant is not extended next year, The researcher with International Organisation (ORG) division, CIPOD, alleged that he has been “discriminated and harassed” by his department which is trying to “block his PhD”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine more students of the department on Wednesday said they are being “harassed on the basis of caste”.In a meeting of CIPOD, where Dean of School of International Studies (SIS) Anuradha Chenoy was present, a number of recommendations were made and decisions taken to resolve all the issues of the students.Also read: HRD Ministry asks JNU to look into grievances of Dalit scholar”We understand there are ‘outstanding issues’ but we are committed to resolving them. Since the total period of non-NET and NET fellowship combined cannot exceed five years as per UGC guidelines and the student has already availed a fellowship for three years and five months and NET fellowship for the remaining period, there is a technical issue. Efforts are being made by the JNU administration to resolve these issues and help the student,” Chenoy said.The newly-appointed VC, Jagdeesh Kumar, said, “The issue is being looked into and we will try our best to help the students complete their education so that they become agents of social change.””As far as discrimination is concerned, I don’t think anyone of us as teachers will ever try to discriminate anybody on any basis…students’ interest is always going to be my topmost priority,” said Kumar, who took charge of the post today.Also, the HRD Ministry today asked the varsity to look into the “genuine” grievances of the Dalit scholar and resolve the matter promptly. The Ministry has drawn flak over the suicide of Rohith, a Dalit scholar at Hyderabad Central University.