Protesting Dalit PhD scholar at UoM stays in hostel corridor
Mysuru: A Dalit doctoral scholar, Mahesh Sosle, is protesting against the University of Mysore (UoM) by staying in the hostel corridor, alleging he was kicked out of the hostel for asking about alleged irregularities in varsity administration.
He said he’s eligible to stay in the hostel as he’s a research scholar but for the past three days, he has been denied food and facilities. However, university authorities denied the allegation.
Sosle, a first-year research scholar from the history department, has been on this protest in Men’s Hostel 2 since Monday. His protest has found resonance across the nation with several student activists extending their support.
Sosle said he was a gold medallist in MA (History) two years ago and joined the PhD course last year. “There were efforts to fail me in the admission test itself as the authorities were aware of my agitations. I cleared the examination with good scores. For the past year and a half, I’ve been staying in the hostel. Suddenly, I’ve been kicked out of my room stating I’m not a hostel inmate,” he alleged.
He said he has staying in the hostel corridor with all his belongings. “My name has been blacklisted for raising questions about irregularities in the administration, including appointment of non-teaching and teaching staff, guest faculty, etc. I also opposed a few decisions, including the removal of BR Ambedkar’s photograph by registrar R Rajanna. Instead of ordering an inquiry into my allegations, an FIR has been registered against me,” he said.
“Like a whistleblower, I have brought it to the notice of the governor’s office and higher education department about various scams in the university. As a research scholar, the university must provide me hostel accommodation. Instead, the university authorities are targeting me,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, several student activists have supported Sosle. Sadat Hussain, research scholar, educational studies, JNU, New Delhi and member of the central advisory council, SIO of India, said the UoM decision is highly condemnable and must be revoked.
Meanwhile, UoM registrar R Rajanna denied all the allegations and stated he has been targeted for clearing the hostel of taxi and auto drivers and others who get space on rent by students. “I’ll file a defamation case,” he said.
Source: TOI, Oct 04, 2018