New Delhi: Even as the protests continue against the death of a Dalit scholar, Rohith Vemula , another Dalit PhD scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University has threatened to commit suicide if he was denied an extension to pursue his PhD.
Madan Meher who is registered with International Organisation Division at JNU’s Center for International Politics Organisation and Disarmament (CIPOD) wrote a letter to the JNU Vice-Chancellor on 25 January stating that he was denied an extension to pursue his PhD for over an year now.
He said that he was refused ‘9b’ – a one-year extension given to students to complete their PhD after usual term of four years if the student has completed 90% of work – for one year and four months despite having submitted the required chapters.
Citing an RTI reply, Meher also claimed that no Dalit student had completed PhD from the centre since 2006. JNU has reportedly called a meeting with students on 8 February to resolve the issue.