The Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy has signed and forwarded the “expert” recommendations – that tacitly fiddles with the existing norms governing the recruitment and promotion policies of faculty in the Department of Communication, S.N. School – to the UGC. These suggestions, when passed by the UGC and if implemented, would allow any person – with the “right” links and in “good” terms with the powers that be – enable entry into the academia even without a post-graduate degree. This violates the fundamental agenda of higher education itself! Why MA, MPhil and PhD, then?
This dubious act illicitly flouts UGC norms and regulations; but apparently legitimates an unequivocal promotion of casteist nepotism. It criminally inflicts a Brahminical scourge against social justice with regard to affirmative policy and law of the land. This, we believe, is a conspiracy by an “upper” caste lobby that refutes autonomous entry and progress of the subordinated communities (SC/ST/OBC/Minority groups) in the publicly-funded institutional spaces.
The VC’s institutional blows should be read in a context. He stripped off the BBL fellowships, for the Integrated and Post Graduate programmes, that invariably affect the students coming from subordinated and unprivileged sections. The introduction and implementation of “Cut-Off marks” for the reserved seats (MPhil/PhD admissions) signified a calculated assault on the reservation policy. There was a drastic drop in reservation candidates and their vacant seats went unfilled across the disciplines and courses. And now, the recruitment gateway! These copious acts engineer a structural persistence and reproduction of symbolic violence, institutionally endorsed and guaranteed.
Enough! Stop this RAM-RAJYA that sanctions nefarious crusades against our Future!
Please read the earlier article on this issue (the petition) here.