Kalady University PhD admission row: Dalit student alleges her complaint was ignored by officials


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Kochi: Varsha, a student from the Dalit community, was allegedly denied admission to pursue a PhD at Kalady Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University in 2019. Speaking to Mathrubhumi News, she said that the university officials failed to even consider her complaint after she had found irregularities in the admission procedure. The development comes at a time when Kalady Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University has decided to look into allegations against PhD scholar K Vidya, who stands accused of forging documents to secure a position as a guest lecturer.

Varsha filed a petition at the Kerala high court regarding the same.

“However they were quick to respond to Vidya's complaint on the same issue. Sadly my complaint went unheard, and as a result, I was forced to opt for a BEd course, I feel betrayed,” said Varsha.

However, she expressed hope in the ongoing enquiry, and believe that justice will be delivered.

According to Varsha, the decision to increase the number of PhD seats in the university by 5, was taken abruptly. In that 3 seats were reserved for JRF candidates. “One among the two remaining seats could have been reserved for students from the scheduled categories,” she said.

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