Caste discrimination prevalent within teaching community at Calicut varsity, says SC-ST Commission

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Thiruvananthapuram: The SC-ST commission has stated that caste discrimination is prevalent among the teaching community in Calicut university. The commission justified its argument citing how Dr Divya, a professor from scheduled caste, was denied the post of department head by a few members of the syndicate, on the basis of her identity. B S Mavoji, the chairman of Kerala SC-ST commission, has directed the university chancellor to implement the committee's recommendation, which stipulates the professors who are members of higher academic councils to undertake an oath pledging zero-tolerance to caste discrimination of any sorts.

Article 17 of the Indian constitution states that untouchability is abolished and its practice in, any form is forbidden. However the constitutional mandate is clearly being violated in the premium academic institutions in the country, noted the commission. It also observed that there were no representatives from the SC-ST community in the Calicut university syndicate in contrast to what's prescribed by the law. The commission directed the VC to act in this regard as well.

The commission stated that people whose thoughts do not align with the progressive mindset of the state and its people, shall not decorate top positions in academic spheres. People with conservative and regressive mindsets are a shame to the entire system, said the commission in the wake of recent events.

The commission vehemently criticized the syndicate, expressing shock at the initiation of disciplinary action against Dr. Divya, who undeniably met all the criteria for being appointed as the department head. It termed the decision as devoid of logic and a clear example of the denial of justice.

The commission had earlier received a complaint from the ‘Save University’ campaign committee on the issue. It listened to the statements of the complainant and the university registrar, and verified several university documents before taking action.

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