“The suicide of Rohith Vemula cannot boil down to a mere Dalit issue but should be treated as a larger issue. From past five years the Hyderabad Central University has witnessed nine suicides which has become a pattern. Despite that both the management and the government failed to act and take appropriate steps to tackle the issue,” said Prof G Krishna Reddy Regional Director ICSSR, Hyderabad, on Wednesday.
He was speaking after inaugurating the national seminar on “Crisis in Social Science and Political Science : Identity, Reach and Relevance,” organised by Department of Studies in Political Science (SAP-1) in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR-Hydrabad) as part of centenary celebrations at Rani Bahadur auditorium.
Addressing the gathering he said that justice as a condition was more important than justice as a value. Though over the years the number of students from deprived classes accessing education was on the rise, the quality of education at universities remains a matter of grave concern, he added.
Further he said that social scientists across the state were in the grip of anxiety and that it had now turned into a universal problem. Research quality in the field has been deteriorating wherein students have been reduced to field inspectors. The universities, thus, should focus on developing quality in education institutions and dialogue with government in investing more towards study and research of social sciences at universities, he added.
Vice Chancellor of University of Mysore Prof K S Rangappa, Chairman Department of Studies in Political Science Prof Muzaffar Assadi were present.