IIT professor from Kerala resigns citing caste discrimination

Chennai: The Malayali faculty member working at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras has resigned from his job for the second time, alleging that he has been subjected to continuous caste discrimination by a lobby in the college.

Vipin V Veetil, Assistant Professor at the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the IIT, who hails from Payyanur in Kannur district, had also resigned from his job earlier, alleging caste discrimination.

His resignation had gained national attention then, leading to hot debates over the horrible state of affairs in many institutions of higher learning where many students and teachers are subjected to caste discrimination on a regular basis.  

Vipin later withdrew the resignation, following an assurance from the authorities that his grievances would be settled. 

Now, he has resigned from the job, saying that the Head of the Department and others continued with their harassment even after patch-up.

Meanwhile, Vipin reached New Delhi on Friday to apprise the higher authorities of his plight. 

May launch Indefinite fast

If no action is taken on his complaint, Vipin is planning to stage an indefinite fast before the IIT administrative office in Chennai from February 24.

After the allegations raised by Vipin created ripples at the national level, National Commission for Scheduled Castes Vice-Chairman Arun Haldar was deputed to investigate the matter. 

He conducted a hearing at the Chennai IIT. But he gave a report saying that there were no such instances of caste discrimination on the campus as alleged by Vipin. 

However, Vipin alleged that the inquiry by Haldar was scuttled by the lobby indulging in caste discrimination.

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