2017 has brought numerous surprises in its bag from the very beginning. From our Captain cool resigning, to VC Appa Rao Podile being rewarded for his outstanding work.
On January 3, 2017 Appa Rao Podile, Vice Chancellor of Hyderabad University, received an award for outstanding contribution in the field of bio-tech and higher education from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rao was presented the ‘Millennium Plaques of Honor’ at the Indian Science Congress here along with several scientists who were awarded for their contribution in the field of science.
Appa Rao was the prime suspect in “the Rohith Vemula Suicide case” since January 2015.He was alleged to be involved in the ‘institutional killing’ of Rohith, who is said to be harassed by the professors and the vice chancellor along with four other backward class students, who according to the report were ‘Dalits’.
Rohith was suspended first, and even though the suspension order was lifted he was prevented from entering the dormitories. He had to spend his days out in the cold. And his monthly stipend of ₹25,000 had been stopped in July last year itself, possibly on account of his Ambedkarite activities. The broad facts relating to his suicide are more important than which caste he belonged to. But the central government is persisting in its efforts to obfuscate the issue, obviously with next year’s assembly elections and the Dalit vote in mind.
On further questioning the Govt. for the Awards that were presented earlier this month to Appa Rao for his contribution, the clarification was given as “The (S&T) department has no role to play in this. The awards are decided by the Indian Science Congress, which is an autonomous body,” by DST Secretary Ashutosh Sharma. Podile said he was honored for his guidance and leadership in the field of science and technology.
Yet how wrong or right this rewarding was, is still a matter of consideration. There is silence presently but this seems like the silence before the great storm that may appear as an outrage as VC Appa Rao was demanded to be removed from his position, which never happened. And thus, unpredictable consequences can be seen in near future.
What do you think about this? Is this justified?