Odia Dalit student in JNU demands release of grant, threatens suicide

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Even as the suicide of Hyderabad university research scholar Rohith Vemula continues to hog national headlines, Madan Meher, a dalit research scholar of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) hailing from Odisha, has threatened to commit suicide if the university does not release pending his senior research fellowship soon.

According to reports, Meher, a resident of Sambalpur in western Odisha, had alleged on January 25 that he had been denied extension for pursuing his PhD for over a year now.

He also complained that he had faced caste discrimination while pursuing his PhD at the varsity, reports added.

Talking to OTV, Meher said he will end his life if the matter is not solved by the university within a week.

It is worthwhile to mention here that Meher had started his PhD in 2010 and applied for a 9 (b) extension in 2014 but it was only in May 2015 that he got the extension.

The university officials maintained that the student had taken a grant of Rs 66,000 for a field trip in 2013 but did not go for it. Until the student settles the account, his SRF cannot be released, they say.

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