Now, Eflu braces for protests

Now, Eflu braces for protests
With dust hardly settling on the suspension of five UoH students that led to a dalit scholar’s suicide, Hyderabad is bracing for a similar confrontation at one more prestigious varsity campus.

Authorities of English and Foreign Languages University (Eflu) have suspended 11 students and cancelled hostel admissions to eight of them.

In a statement here on Thursday, Eflu Students’ Union called for a protest against the disciplinary action taken on them for holding a mass agitation way back in October.

The protest will be marked by a series of peaceful rallies and cultural events objecting the apparent silence of democratic rights at the varsity through show-cause notices and disciplinary actions, while also condemning delays in holding the Students’ Union elections. The University took action against 11 students on November 5, accusing them of “inciting violence on campus” and “engaging in anti-university activities”.

The varsity cancelled hostel admissions of eight students and reprimanded three of them, besides suspending the fellowships of four PhD scholars. It restricted entry to three of the students to the campus, allowing them between 9 am and 6 pm.

The statement said the suspended students were not even summoned before the Proctorial Board that acted against them and no proof was furnished for their alleged crimes.

With the varsity authorities not addressing their grievances, the students have decided to sleep in the open from Thursday.

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