More than 10 SC/ST teachers from the University of Hyderabad (UoH) resigned from their 'administrative roles' on Wednesday, protesting Union HRD minister Smriti Irani's remarks in Delhi on the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula.
According to a report in the Times of India, Irani said on Wednesday that at various stages -- from Proctoral Committee to Executive Council (EC) to sub-committee of EC -- senior Dalit professors of the university were involved in the decision to expel the five students.
"The minister is misleading the nation. We will not work under the administration as there has been no representation from the Dalits in the executive council since the university's inception," Prakash Babu, Dean of Students Welfare and member of SC/ST Teachers and Officers Forum, told TOI.
Though the teachers had initially decided to completely resign, they resigned only from administrative posts as a form of protest while still continuing to teach the students.
The forum also claimed that the sub-committee of the executive council was headed by an upper caste professor Vipin Srivastava and Smriti Irani's claims were false.
Several effigies of the union HRD minister were also burnt on campus.
Reports also suggest that more teachers might follow suit.