Academics support IIT-Kanpur professor: Dalit academicians have regularly been at receiving end of caste bias

venkatesh April 06, 2019

Around 400 academics and activists across the world have signed a statement in support of Dalit teacher Subrahmanyam Saderla at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-Kanpur) after the institute's senate voted to revoke Saderla's PhD thesis.

In November 2018, four professors of IIT-Kanpur had been booked by police for harassing Saderla, who had alleged that the accused professors and others spread rumours that he benefited from reservation and is not competent enough to answer questions.

He had also written a strongly-worded email to the IIT director and the head of aerospace engineering department, Professor AK Ghosh, drawing their attention towards the alleged harassment.

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