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400 Academics Condemn 'Caste Discrimination, Institutional Harassment' in IIT Kanpur

The statement expresses solidarity with Subrahmanyam Saderla. The university has said it may revoke his PhD.

New Delhi: Four hundred academics, based in 16 countries, have expressed their solidarity with Subrahmanyam Saderla, associate professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, for the “caste-discrimination and institutional harassment” he has faced.

On March 14, IIT Kanpur said it may revoke Saderla’s PhD on ground of ‘plagiarism’. The university’s Senate recommended the revocation even though the Academic Ethics Cell had found “no reason to revoke the thesis”.

This decision raised eyebrows for a number of reasons. It came only two months after an inquiry by a retired judge found four senior teachers guilty of violating the university’s conduct rules and the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. This was in addition to the internal inquiry that had found the teachers – Eshan Sharma, Sanjay Mittal, Rajiv Shekhar and C.S. Upadhyay – guilty.

Saderla had alleged that the accused professors and others spread rumours that he benefited from reservations and is not competent enough to answer questions.

The statement supporting Saderla has been signed by renowned academics including American mathematician David Mumford, Indian physicist Ashoke Sen and information theorist Thomas Kailath.

The full text of their statement is below.

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According to a ​news report published in the Indian Express on 1 April 2019​, the Senate at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur has recommended revocation of the PhD degree of Dr. Subrahmanyam Saderla, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. He is an alumnus of the same institute, where he received his MTech and PhD degrees. The revocation of his degree would result in the termination of his position at the institute. The senate’s recommendation will reportedly be placed before the institute’s Board of Governors soon, where the final decision rests.

Dr. Saderla, who is a member of a Scheduled Caste, joined IIT-Kanpur in January 2018. A ​news report of 19 April 2018 on the website newsclick.in indicates that upon joining the institute, he was the subject of a sustained campaign of caste-based discrimination by four senior professors – Ishan Sharma, Sanjay Mittal, Rajeev Shekhar and Chandra Shekhar Upadhyaya, who made casteist remarks against him and questioned his mental fitness to be an assistant professor at the institute. He submitted a complaint regarding this against the four professors, which was taken up by a three-member committee set up by the institute.

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According to Dr. Saderla’s complaint, he was humiliated and ridiculed at conferences organised by his department and in social settings including one dinner party at the home of one of the four senior professors. The complaint also reported that emails had been circulated among faculty members questioning his credentials. The Indian Express quoted him saying “In addition to the caste-based discrimination I have been facing by the hands of these professors since the day I joined IIT Kanpur, they have now started making random allegations on my research work…They started digging up things against my wife. I am continuously being harassed and anonymous emails against me are doing the rounds in the institute.”

The three member committee found that Dr. Saderla’s allegations were true and recommended that the institute’s Board of Governors take action against the four senior professors. Following this, at the board’s request, a retired judge of the Allahabad High Court investigated the complaint once again, and also found the accusations against the four professors to be true.

According to an ​Indian Express report of 20 November 2018​, following the committee’s recommendations and the retired judge’s findings, the institute’s Board of Governors decided to demote Sanjay Mittal and Chandra Shekhar Upadhyaya, and let off Ishan Sharma with a warning. Rajeev Shekhar had meanwhile been appointed director at IIT Dhanbad and thus shielded from institutional action at IIT Kanpur. According to the same report the Kanpur police also registered a First Information Report under Section 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code, the Information Technology Act, and the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against the four professors. The National Commission for the Scheduled Castes also took cognisance of the case on the basis of a complaint submitted by Dr. Saderla, and issued an order that the institute lodge an FIR against the four professors under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and suspend them from duty; this order was stayed by the Allahabad High Court on an appeal by the four.

IIT Kanpur’s faculty forum has sided with the four senior professors who were found guilty of caste-based harassment by the university appointed committee and stand accused of an atrocity under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. On ​22 November 2018, The Indian Express reported that a group comprising 130 faculty members resolved to “divest” the institute’s Deputy Director and the Head of the Aerospace Engineering Department, who were seen as supportive of Dr. Saderla, at an “emergency meeting” convened after the filing of the FIR. They demanded that the institute “defend” the four professors and bear their legal expenses. The forum requested that faculty members contribute voluntarily to a “legal defence fund” for the four professors.

It is in this climate where a large section of the faculty body of the institute is hostile to Dr. Saderla that the current developments have taken place. An anonymous email sent to several faculty members on October 15, 2018 alleged that Dr. Saderla had plagiarised sections of his doctoral thesis on parameter estimation of unmanned aerial vehicles using flight test data at low and high angles of attack. The anonymous complaint was referred to the institute’s Academic Ethics Cell, which investigated the complaint and submitted its report in November 2018.

The report of the nine member ethics committee found “no reason to revoke the thesis” according to the Indian Express. It stated “…there is no allegation of plagiarism with regards to the scholar’s research work comprising his creative and technical part of the dissertation, including detailed experiments, tables, figures and the conclusions drawn from them. Thus the only instances of copying are restricted to certain introductory passages in several chapters and mathematical basics and preliminaries.” The nine member committee in its report stated “the committee felt that it would not be proposed to consider revocation of the thesis” instead recommending that Dr. Saderla rewrite the passages in question and submit an updated thesis in a month, and tender an apology letter to the institute’s director for his “misdemeanour.” Dr. Saderla complied with these recommendations and duly submitted an updated thesis and letter of apology within the recommended time period. However, in a meeting of the institute’s Senate on 14 March 2019, it voted to have Dr. Saderla’s PhD revoked.

News reports based on Right-to-Information requests have revealed that IIT-Kanpur is woefully behind in implementing the constitutionally mandated reservation of faculty positions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Dr. Saderla is one of only four Scheduled Caste faculty members at the institute, of a total of 394. In fact, he was recruited in the first place on a special drive to appoint faculty members from among the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. It has also been reported that three-fourth of all students who have dropped out of, or been expelled from, the institute belong to socially marginalised sections, including the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Persons With Disabilities. In such a climate, Dr. Saderla’s statement to the Indian Express that “the recommendation to revoke my thesis is only a ploy to torture me” stands legitimised. The institute’s senate’s actions smack of a vendetta against Dr. Saderla, following the success of his complaint of caste-based harassment and discrimination against four senior professors who enjoyed wide support among the institute’s faculty members.

We, the undersigned, are a worldwide group of scholars, academics, activists and others, who are dismayed by IIT-Kanpur’s vindictive attitude towards and actions against the young Scheduled Caste scholar Dr. Saderla. We call upon the institute’s senate to rescind its recommendation to revoke Dr. Saderla’s thesis, and to adhere to the institute’s own Academic Ethics Cell’s recommendations which found “no reason to revoke the thesis.” We further urge the IIT-Kanpur community, as members of one of India’s distinguished academic institutions, to take cognisance of the alleged climate of hostility and alienation suffered by scholars of marginalised social sections at the institute – whether students or faculty – and take proactive measures to address their concerns.

Signed

  1. Aakash Singh Rathore, Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
  2. Abdul Matin, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, JadavpurUniversity
  1. Abhijith M S, PhD Student, IIT Hyderabad
  2. Abhinav Basak, PhD Scholar, IIT Kanpur
  3. Abhishek Atreya, Bose Institute, Kolkata
  4. Abhishek Bhattacharyya, PhD candidate, University of Chicago
  5. Abhishek Dhar, Professor, International centre for theoretical sciences, Tata Institute ofFundamental Research, Bangalore, India
  1. Abir Dasgupta, Independent Journalist, Mumbai
  2. Abu Anand, Research Scholar, University of Toronto, Canada
  3. Achin Vanaik, Former Professor of IR and Global Politics, Delhi University
  4. Addanki Hareesh¨IIT BHU Varanasi
  5. Adhip Agarwala, Postdoctoral Fellow, ICTS≠TIFR, Bangalore
  6. Aditi Maddali, Research Scholar, TISS Mumbai
  7. Ajay Bhardwaj, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, CanadaÆ
  8. Ajay Gorla, Nizam College, OSMANIA UNIVERSITY Hyderabad
  9. Ajay Kaladharan, Research Scholar, Oklahoma State University, USA
  10. Ajith Kunjunny Sudha, Research Scholar, University of HyderabadÆ
  11. Akash Gautam, Assistant Professor, Centre for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, Univerityof Hyderabad
  1. Akhil Kumar, Professor of Information Systems and SCIS Research Fellow, SmealCollege of Business, Penn State University
  1. Alam Khan. Research scholar, IISc BangaloreÆ
  2. Alex George, Navayana
  3. Alladi Sitaram, Professor Emeritus, Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru
  4. Alladi Uma, University of Hyderabad
  5. Alli Sateesh Kumar, Software Engineer, TCS Hyderabad
  6. Alok Bajpai, Psychiatrist
  7. Alok Kumar, PhÆD candidate, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar
  8. Alok Laddha, Chennai Mathematical Institute
  9. Alokmay Datta, Raja Ramanna Fellow, CSIR≠Central Glass and Ceramic ResearchInstitute, Kolkata
  1. Alpa Shah, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, London School ofEconomics
  1. Amandeep Singh, Student, York University, CanadaÆ
  2. Amit Ranjan, Alumnus, IIT Kanpur
  3. Amit Upadhyay, TISS HyderabadÆ
  4. Amita Kanekar, Independent Researcher
  5. Amiya Dev, formerly of Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  6. Ananya Parikh, Research Scholar, JNU and Visiting Faculty, SSLA, Pune
  7. Anayat Bhat, Research Scholar, University of Konstanz¨Germany
  8. Andrew Halladay, PhÆD. student, University of Chicago
  9. Anindita Bera, Post doctoral fellow, Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University ofJerusalem, Israel
  1. Anindita Brahma, Research Associate, IISc Bangalore
  2. Anindya Banerji, Postdoc, Physical Research Laboratory, AhmedabadÆ
  3. Anish Vanaik, OÆP. Jindal Global University, SonipatÆ
  4. Anjali Monteiro, Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  5. Anjali Noronha Educator and Social Scientist, Bhopal, MÆPÆ
  6. Anurag Prabhakar, Alumnus, IIT Kanpur
  7. Anushka Sen, PhD student, Indiana University
  8. Aparna Mohan, PhD student, IIT Madras
  9. Aparna Ros P, PhD Research Scholar, Department of HSS, IIT Bombay
  10. Apoorva Nagar, Assoc. Professor, IIST, Thiruvananthapuram
  11. Apratim Kaviraj, Postdoc, ENS, Paris
  12. Aravindhan Nagarajan, Research Scholar, TISS Mumbai
  13. Archana Bidargaddi, software professional, Norway
  14. Arijeet Mandal, Assistant Professor, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University
  15. Arijit Ghosh, Assistant Professor, ISI Kolkata
  16. Arjun Jayakumar, PhD Student, IIT Madras
  17. Arpan Saha, Doktorand, Universität HamburgÆ
  18. Arul Shankar, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto
  19. Arun Som, IIT Bombay
  20. Arundhati Roy, Writer and Activist, New Delhi
  21. Arvind Sivaramakrishnan, Adjunct Faculty, IIT MadrasÆ
  22. Ashok Sircar, Professor, Azim Premji University
  23. Ashoke Sen, Harish≠Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
  24. Asrith Dasari, IIT Bombay
  25. Atish Dabholkar, Professor, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste
  26. Atul Anand, Research Scholar
  27. Aurnab Ghose, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education andResearch, Pune
  1. Avijit Pathak, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU, New Delhi
  2. Avinash Kumar, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, SSS, Jawaharlal NehruUniversity, New Delhi
  1. Avishek Konar, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  2. Ayan Roychowdhury, Alumnus, IIT Kanpur
  3. Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  4. BÆNÆPatnaik, Retired Professor, IIT Kanpur
  5. Badri Raina, Retired Faculty, Delhi University
  6. Balaji S B, Completed PhD degree in Indian Institute of Science, Completed Masters inIITK
  1. Bhanu Pratap Das, Professor of Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  2. Bhanuj Kappal, independent journalist, Mumbai
  3. Bhavtosh Bansal, Associate Professor, IISER Kolkata
  4. Bidyut Kumar Patra, Faculty, NIT Rourkela, Rourkela, OdishaÆ
  5. Bindhulakshmi P, Faculty, TISS Mumbai
  6. Biri Arun, NIT Rourkela, Odisha
  7. Bursenla, Alumni ≠ Tata Institute of Social Sciences, MumbaiÆ
  8. C R Pradeep, Professor, CIT Tumkur
  9. Chandan Gowda, Professor of Sociology, School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru
  1. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Distinguished Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University, USA
  1. Chandradeep Singh, PhD scholar, IIT Bombay
  2. Charles Xu, PhD candidate, Caltech, California, US
  3. Chinmoy Banerjee, Retired Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  4. Chloe Drewett, PhD Student, University of Adelaide
  5. Claudio Cassardo, Professor, University of Torino, Italy
  6. Dakshina Ranjan Kisku, Associate Professor, National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India
  1. Darshana Mitra, Student, Columbia Law School
  2. Dattaraj Dhuri, Research Scholar, TIFR Mumbai
  3. David Graeber, Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics
  4. David Mumford, Fields Medal Recipient, MacArthur Fellow, University ProfessorEmeritus in the Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University
  1. Deb Sankar, RRI
  2. Debrup Chakraborty, Associate Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
  3. Deepak Kapur, Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science, University ofNew Mexico
  1. Dhiman Chatterjee, IIT Madras
  2. Dilip M Menon, Mellon Chair in Indian Studies, University of Witwatersrand
  3. Dinesh Mohan, IIT Delhi
  4. Dipil Banhatti, UGC Scientist, Madurai Kamaraj University
  5. Divya Padalia, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  6. Dolores Chew, Liberal Arts Program Coordinator, Marianopolis College, Westmount, Canada
  1. Dona Biswas, Research Scholar, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  2. Dr AK Ghosh, IIT Kanpur
  3. Dr Mali Devi Sawaria, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Aditi Mahavidyalya, University of Delhi
  1. Dr Satyaki Roy, IIT Kanpur
  2. Dr Sunny Sandhu , Alumnus AIIMS , Founder AtelierOM
  3. Dr. A K Biswas, Retired IAS and former Vice≠Chancellor, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, Bihar
  1. Dr. Anand Teltumbde, Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analytics, Goa Institute of Management
  1. Dr. Anant Parghi, Assistant Professor, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat, India
  1. Dr. Ananth Shankar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. Dr. Aparna Sundar, Independent Scholar, Toronto, Canada
  3. Dr. B Karthik Navayan, Hyderabad
  4. Dr. B Shobha, Associate Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Hyderabad
  1. Dr. Bhanukiran Perabathini, Assistant Professor, Mahindra Ecole Centrale Hyderabad
  1. Dr. Bittu K.R., Associate Professor, Ashoka University
  2. Dr. C.D. Modhera, Professor, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat, India
  1. Dr. Debasattam Pal, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IITBombay
  1. Dr. Dulari Hansdah, NIT Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
  2. Dr. Faruk Azam, Postdoc Scholar, The University of Tokyo, The University of Lille, France
  1. Dr. G Vijay, School of Economics, University of Hyderabad
  2. Dr. Goldy M. George, Activist, Social Scientist, Writer, Chattisgarh
  3. Dr. Hiren Gohain, Assam
  4. Dr. Koonal Duggal, New Delhi
  5. Dr. Lalit Saini, Assistant Professor, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat, India
  6. Dr. Luis Dias, MBBS, DGO OBGYN, DNB OBGYN, DRCOG London, MRCGP London, now founder and Project Director of Child’s Play India Foundation
  7. Dr. Majid Hassan Khan, Post doc and Research Associate, IISc Bangalore
  8. Dr. Mallarika Sinha Roy, JNU
  9. Dr. Manu V. Mathai, Assistant Professor, Azim Premji University, IndiaÆ
  10. Dr. Nagarjuna G. Alumnus IIT Kanpur, Associate Professor, HBCSE, TIFRÆ
  11. Dr. Pankaj Tame, PhD IIT Bombay
  12. Dr. Priya Kurian, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  1. Dr. Rajender Kumar, Assistant Professor, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat, India
  1. Dr. Ranganatha N, Karnataka
  2. Dr. Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, México DF
  1. Dr. Sowmya Dechamma, Associate Professor, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad
  1. Dr. Sylvia Karpagam, Public health doctor
  2. Dr. Umakant, Independent Scholar, New Delhi
  3. Dr. V. Ranjth Babu, Associate Professor, SNIST, Hyderabad
  4. Dr. Vivek Kalyankari, Assistant Professor, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat, India
  1. Dr. Yash Paul Kundal, Principal, Government Degree College, Ramnagar, Jammu and Kashmir
  1. Dr. A. Suneetha, Senior Fellow, Anveshi RCWS, Hyderabad
  2. E Asaithambi, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Pachaiyappa College, Chennai
  1. Elancheran T S, Software Engineer, California, US
  2. Eleanor Newbigin, SOAS, London, UK
  3. Emiliana Cruz, CIESAS, CDMX
  4. Enakshi Bhattacharya, IIT Madras
  5. Fleur D’Souza, Retired Associate Professor of History, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  6. Francesca Matrone, PhD student, Italy
  7. Gautam Bharali, Professor ofMathematics, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
  8. Gautam Ganapathy, IIT Bombay
  9. Gautam Mandal, Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  1. Gayatri Chakraborty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
  1. Gayatri Menon, Associate Professor, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
  2. Gayatri Nair, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
  3. Gee Imaan Semmalar, Jawaharlal Nehru University alumni, Bangalore
  4. Giribabu D, Assistant Professor, MANIT Bhopal
  5. Giuditta Soccali, PhD candidate, Politecnico and University of Torino, Italy
  6. Grishma Udani, Bangalore
  7. Gutta Rohith, Human Rights Forum
  8. Harish Kumar, IFS
  9. Harjinder Laltu Singh, IIIT Hyderabad
  10. Harsh Kapoor, Independent Researcher and Archivist, New Delhi
  11. Hartman de Souza, Author
  12. Hema Preya Selvanathan, PhD student, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  13. Himanshu Srivastava, PhD Scholar, Homi Bhaba Centre for Science Education, IIT Kanpur Alumnus
  14. Hrushikesh Naik, National Institute of Technology ROURKELA
  15. Iffat Siddiqui, IIT Kanpur
  16. Ishan S Bhadoria, Alumni TISS Mumbai
  17. Ishan Santra, Research Student, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR
  18. Ishan, Civil society Activist¨Ranchi
  19. Ishita Roy, Assistant Professor, Dept. Of English, University of Kalyani, West Bengal
  20. J Devika, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram
  21. Jaesica Chandan, Ashoka University
  22. Jagdish Chand, Centre for Education and Communication, Mathura, UP
  23. Jai Sen, Independent Researcher, Editor
  24. Jaikumar Radhakrishnan, Professor, School of Technology and Computer Science, Mumbai
  25. Jayant Lele, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  26. Jayasree Subramanian, Visiting Faculty, HBCSE, Mumbai
  27. Jenny S, Researcher, Centre for Equity Studies, Delhi
  28. Jens Lerche, Reader ®Professor©, Department of Development Studies, SOAS
  29. Jit Hazarika, PhD Candidate, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  30. Jitendra Shah, ex≠faculty, VJTI, Mumbai
  31. Joby Joseph, University of Hyderabad
  32. Joe Godinho, Management Consultant at IP≠Innovation Partnership, IrelandÆ
  33. Joel Lee, Assistant Professor, Williams College, USA
  34. John Drury, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Sussex, UK
  35. Joya Roy, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi
  36. Joydeep Dutta, Faculty, IIT Kanpur
  37. Judhajit Sarkar, PhD Scholar, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  38. K. Murali Krishnan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, NIT Calicut
  39. K. Srilata, IIT Madras
  40. Kadambari, Research Scholar, DU
  41. Kamalakar Duvvuru, Freelance writer, Hyderabad
  42. Kamlesh Bharodiya, Alumnus, IIT Kanpur
  43. Kanthi Swaroop, IIT Bombay
  44. Karthikeyan Damodaran, Visiting Fellow, University of Goettingen, Germany
  45. Kartikeya Jain, New Delhi
  46. Khaliq Parkar, NMIMS University, Mumbai
  47. Koel Das, IISER Kolkata
  48. KP Jayasankar, Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, MumbaiÆ
  49. Krishna Hanumanthu, Chennai Mathematical Institute
  50. Kriti Budhiraja, Research Scholar, Sociology, University of MinnesotaÆ
  51. Kunal Chattopadhyay, Jadavpur University
  52. Kuntal Bag, Assistant Professor, Dept. Of English, University of Kalyani, West Bengal
  1. Kuntal Ghosh, Associate Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
  2. Kuriakose Mathew, IIT Bombay
  3. Kushal, BS MS Student, IIT Madras
  4. Labani Jangi, PhD student, CSSSC, Kolkata
  5. Leslee Lazar, visiting faculty, IIT Gandhinagar
  6. M Sridhar, Retired Professor, Department of English, University of Hyderabad
  7. M. V. Ramana, Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and alumnus of IIT, Kanpur
  1. Madhavi Shivaprasad, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  2. Madhusudhan Raman, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  3. Mahendra Gaikwad, IIT Delhi, Hydraulic Engineer, Germany
  4. Mahendranath R, Masters student, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
  5. Maitreyee Saha Sarka, SINP, Kolkata
  6. Maitreyee Shukla, MÆPhil Research Scholar, IIT Bombay
  7. Mallika Sarabhai, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Activist, Ahmedabad
  8. Manish Gautam, Alumni IIT Kanpur
  9. Manoj Gopalkrishnan, Associate Professor, IIT Bombay
  10. Manoj Puravankara, Reader, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  11. Maroona Murmu, Associate Professor, Department of History, Jadavpur University
  12. Mary John, CWDS New DelhiÆ
  13. Mathew D. Marques, Lecturer, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia
  1. Matta Vyshali Nanda, IIT®BHU© Varanasi
  2. Miray Philips, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota
  3. Mohammad Afzal Shadab, Grad Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  4. Mohan D, Assistant Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
  5. Mritunjay Kumar, PhD Scholar, IIT Kanpur
  6. Mukesh Kulriya, Research Scholar, School of Music, University of California Los Angeles
  1. Mulayam Singh, PhD, JNU, New Delhi
  2. Murali Shanmugavelan, SOAS, University of London
  3. N Raghavendra, Faculty, Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
  4. Nairit Sur, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  5. Nandini Chandra, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
  6. Nandini Manjrekar, TISS Mumbai
  7. Nandini Sundar, Delhi University
  8. Naresh Kumar Sharma, University of Hyderabad
  9. Naveen Gaur, Dyal Singh College University of Delhi, India
  10. Naveen Surendran, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Trivandrum
  11. Nicolas Jaoul, Research officer, CNRS, IRISØEHESS, Paris
  12. Nihav Dhawale, PhD Candidate, NCBS≠TIFR, Visiting Scholar, Yale University
  13. Nijil Lal C.K., Research Scholar, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
  14. Nikhila Henry, Writer and Journalist
  15. Nilima Regina Topno, Associate Professor, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Patna
  1. Niruj Mohan, Public Outreach Education Committee, ASI
  2. Nissim Kanekar, Professor, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune
  3. Nivedita Menon, JNU, Delhi
  4. Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor ®emeritus©, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Laureate Professor, University of Arizona
  1. Noor Ameena, Research Scholar, Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad
  2. Odile Henry, Professor, Political Sciences department, Paris 8 University
  3. Oindrila Deb, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Basel, Switzerland
  4. Om Damani, Professor, IIT Bombay
  5. P Ashish Kumar, University of Hyderabad
  6. P R K Rao, Retired Professor, IIT Kanpur
  7. P. K Abdul Rahiman, University of Madras, Chennai
  8. P. Naveen Kumar , Research Scholar, University of HyderabadÆ
  9. Pablo A. Ruffino, PhD Student, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  10. Pallavi Rao, PhD Candidate, Indiana University≠Bloomington
  11. Paolo Rapisarda, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton
  1. Parswa Nath, Senior Research Fellow, TIFR Hyderabad
  2. Partho Sarothi Ray, Associate professor, IISER Kolkata
  3. Patricia Gruben, Associate Professor ®retired©, School for the Contemporary Arts Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada
  1. Paula Rocha, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Porto, Portugal
  1. Pavan Dharanipragada, PhD scholar, IMSc Chennai
  2. Peishi Cheng, PhD candidate, Caltech, California, US
  3. Pradip Kumar Datta, JNU
  4. Prajit K Basu, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Centre for Neural and Cognitive Science, Centre for Knowledge Culture and Innovation Studies, University of Hyderabad
  1. Prajwel Joseph, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
  2. Praneeth Ponnekanti ≠ IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur
  3. Prashant Usha Vijaykumar, MA Student, TISS Mumbai
  4. Pravabati Chingangbam, IIA Bangalore
  5. Praveen Singh, Research Student
  6. Preeti Kharb, Reader, NCRA-TIFR, Pune
  7. Pritam Singh, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies
  8. Priya Iyer, Alumnus, IIT Kanpur
  9. Probal Dasgupta, Retired Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
  10. Procheta C.V. Mallik, Trustee and Principal Scientist, Innovation and Science Promotion Foundation, Bangalore, India
  1. Prof Ashok Kumar Turuk, NIT Rourkela
  2. Prof Diego Napp, Centre of Research and Development in Mathematics and Applications, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  1. Prof Dr. Ralf Meyer, Mathematisches Institut, Universitat Gottingen
  2. Prof Gangadharan Menon, Rachana Sansad College, Mumbai
  3. Prof Jacob Tharu, Retired Professor, EFLU Hyderabad
  4. Prof Shukla Swant, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi
  5. Prof. Deepak Malghan, IIM Bangalore
  6. Prof. Jugal Verma, Professor of Mathematics, IIT Bombay
  7. Prof. Meena Dhanda, University of Wolverhampton
  8. Prof. Sandeep K Shukla, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur
  1. Prof. Sudhir Ghorpade, IIT Bombay
  2. Prof. Sujatha Surepally, HOD, Sociology, Satavahana University
  3. Prof. Thomas Kailath, Hitachi America Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford University
  1. Prof. Mohan Rao, recently retired from JNU
  2. Prosenjit Das, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Trivandrum
  1. Proshant Chakraborty, Independent Researcher, Mumbai
  2. Proteep Mallik, Assistant Professor, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
  3. Pujita Guha, JNU, New Delhi
  4. Purandar Bhaduri, IIT Guwahati
  5. R Azhagarasan, Lecturer, Department of English, University of Madras
  6. R Srinivasan, Chennai Mathematical Institute
  7. R. Ramakumar, Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, MumbaiÆ
  8. Rachel Sieder, CIESAS, Mexico City
  9. Radha D Banhatti, Scientist, Croatia
  10. Rahul Basu, Goa
  11. Rahul De, Assistant Professor, Azim Premji University
  12. Rahul Menon, TISS, Hyderabad
  13. Rahul Pandey, ex-faculty and presently visiting faculty, IIM Lucknow
  1. Rahul Siddharthan, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
  2. Raja Mohanty, IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay
  3. Rajiv Velicheti, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Hyderabad
  4. Raju Chalwadi, IIT Bombay
  5. Ram Manohar Vikas
  6. Ram Puniyani, Activist, Mumbai
  7. Ramchandra Phawade, Indian Institute of Technology DharwadÆ
  8. Ramesh Bairy T S, IIT Bombay
  9. Ravi Chalwadi, St. Xavierßs College, Mumbai
  10. Ravi Kunjwal, Postdoctoral Researcher, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada
  1. Ravi Vijaya Satya, Bioinformatics Scientist, California, USA
  2. Ravichandran Bathran, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Madras
  1. Ravinder Kumar Banyal, Reader, Indian institute of Astrophysics, BangaloreÆ
  2. Resmi Lekshmi, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, TrivandrumÆ
  3. Reva Yunus, Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Studies, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru
  1. Richa Gupta, Research Scholar, CSSSC, Kolkata
  2. Rita Kothari, Professor, Ashoka University
  3. Ronak M Soni, Stanford University
  4. Ronnie Sebastian, IIT Bombay
  5. Rossi D’Souza, Research Student, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR
  1. Ruchi Shevade, Eklavya
  2. Rupali Samuel, Independent Researcher, New Delhi
  3. S Anand, Navayana
  4. S Sheerazuddin, Associate Professor, SSN College of Engineering, Chennai
  5. S. Akshay, IIT Bombay
  6. S. Debbarma, professional officer¨ANU, ex-scientist, Govt. of India
  7. S.P. Rajaguru, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, India
  8. Sachin Patkar, Professor, IIT Bombay
  9. Saientan Bag, Postdoctoral Fellow, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  10. Sakshi, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge
  11. Samantak Das, Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University
  12. Samir Gandesha, Director, Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University Vancouver, BC Canada
  1. Sandeep Krishna, Associate Professor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore
  2. Sandeep Pandey, Activist and former Visiting Faculty at IIT Kanpur
  3. Sandip Varkey George, IISER Pune, India
  4. Sanjay Jhingan, International College of Liberal Arts, YGU, Yamanashi, Japan
  5. Sanjay Katheria, Technion≠Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  6. Sanjib Sabhapandit, Professor, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
  7. Sanjit Chatterjee, Associate Professor, IISc, Bangalore
  8. Sanjukta Poddar, PhD Student, University of Chicago
  9. Sannaki Munna, ASAUoH, Research Scholar, University of Hyderabad
  10. Santos Kumar Das, NIT Rourkela, Odisha
  11. Saptarshi Mandal, Assistant Professor of Law, Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
  12. Sarayu Menon, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  13. Sarbajaya Kundu, Research Scholar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  1. Sasanka Roy, Associate Professor, Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata
  2. Satish Deshpande, Professor, University of Delhi
  3. Satyaki Mazumder, IISER Kolkata
  4. Satyendra Mishra, Associate Professor, NIFT Kanpur
  5. Saumia P S, JINR, Dubna
  6. Saurav Islam, IISc, Bangalore
  7. Sayantan Saha Roy. PCandidate. University of Chicago
  8. Sayantani Bhattacharyya, National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneshwar
  1. Seema Saha Poddar, service
  2. Shah Alam Khan, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  1. Shalini Bhattacharya, IISER Tirupati
  2. Sharmila Sreekumar, IIT Bombay
  3. Shaunna Rodrigues, PhD student, Columbia University
  4. Shekhar Research Scholar, UoH, Hyderabad
  5. Sheshan P, MS Student, IIT Madras
  6. Shilpaa Anand, BITS Pilani – Hyderabad Campus
  7. Shiva Shankar, Chennai Mathematical Institute
  8. Shruti Sharma, Research Scholar, CSSSC, Kolkata
  9. Shubhayu Chatterjee, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley
  10. Siddharth Joshi, FPM, IIM Bangalore
  11. Siddhartha Chaudhuri, IIT Bombay IIT Kanpur CSE alumnus
  12. Sivarani Thirupathi, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, India
  1. Smt. Prithvi Pothupogu, NIT, Warangal
  2. Sneha Visakha, Lawyer and Researcher
  3. Solomon Benjamin, IIT Madras 2010
  4. Somnath Waghmare , Research Scholar , TISS , Mumbai
  5. Soumya Datta, Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, New Delhi
  6. Soundarya Iyer, London School of Economics
  7. Sourabh Wade, Researcher, IIT Bombay
  8. Souvik Mandal, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Center for Brain Science, Harvard University, USA
  1. Spenta R. Wadia, Founding Director ¶ Infosys Homi Bhabha Professor, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore
  1. Srikanth Sastry, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru
  1. Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi, Bard College, New York
  2. Sriramkrishnan Muralikrishnan, PhD Student, The University of Texas at Austin, USA and alumnus of IITK
  1. Subhankar Chakraborty, Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Karnataka
  2. Subhashis Banerjee, IIT Delhi
  3. Subhojoy Gupta, Assistant Professor, IISc Bangalore
  4. Subodh Kunwer, PhD Scholar, Delhi University
  5. Suchetana Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Literature and Theatre, SSLA, P
  6. Suchetana Chatterjee, Presidency University
  7. Suhas S , IIITDM Kancheepuram
  8. Sujatha Subramanian, PhD Candidate, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University
  1. Sukhendu Mehrotra, Chennai Mathematical Institute
  2. Sukruta Alluri, Research Scholar, CSSSC, Kolkata
  3. Sumathi Rao, Professor, Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
  4. Sumati Surya, Prof Raman Research Institute
  5. Sumeet Mhaskar, Associate Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  1. Sumeru Hazra, Tata institute of fundamental research
  2. Sumit Haldar, IISc Bangalore
  3. Sumit Kumar, Postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Hannover
  1. Sumit R Das, Professor, University of Kentucky Ø Adjunct Professor, TIFR
  2. Sunil Yadav, PhÆD Scholar, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai
  3. Supratik Chakraborty, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
  1. Supratim Sengupta, IISER Kolkata
  2. Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor Emerita, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  3. Supurna Dasgupta, PhD student, University of Chicago
  4. Suresh Devashayam, Professor of Bioengineering, Christian Medical College
  5. Suresh Govindarajan, IIT Madras
  6. Suryakant Waghmore, Associate Professor, Sociology, IIT Bombay
  7. Sushrut Jadhav, Division of Psychiatry, University College UK
  8. Susie Tharu, Retired Professor, EFLU Hyderabad
  9. Sutanoya Chakraborty, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore
  10. Suvankur Sukul, PhD student, UChicago
  11. Suvrat Raju, Associate Professor, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  1. Swadheenananda Pattanayak, Institute of Mathematics and Applications, Bhubaneswar
  1. Swapnil Khandekar, Alumni IIT≠M, IIM≠C
  2. T Pradeep Chakravarthy, Research Scholar, University of Hyderabad
  3. T R Govindarajan, Chennai Mathematical InstituteÆ
  4. T. Jayaraman, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, MumbaiÆ
  5. T. V. H. Prathamesh, Universitat Innsbruck
  6. Tania Bhattacharyya, PhD candidate, Columbia University, New York
  7. Tanima. PhD student. University of ChicagoÆ
  8. Tanujit Biswas, IISc Bangalore
  9. Tapan Kumar Mandal, Deputy Librarian, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
  10. Tathagata Sengupta, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
  11. Tejas Harad, Copy Editor, Economic and Political Weekly
  12. Tim Barker, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University
  13. Tsering Thargay, Sikkim University
  14. Tyler W. Williams, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
  15. Uday Jain, Ph. D Student, University of Chicago
  16. Ujithra Ponniah, Assistant Professor, TISS, Hyderabad
  17. Uliya Yashtala, Musician, US
  18. Urmila Bhirdikar SNU
  19. Usha Shankar, Principal Consultant, NMSWorks Software Pvt Ltd
  20. V S Sunder, Retired Professor, IMSc Chennai
  21. Vaibhav Kumar, IIT Kanpur Alumnus, M. Tech Mechanical Engineering, 2013
  22. Vaibhav Vaish, Alumni, IIT Kanpur B. Tech EE, 2004
  23. Vaibhav Wasnik, Indian Institute of Technology, Goa
  24. Valerian Rodrigues, Department of Humanities, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
  1. Vanessa Assumma, PhD Student, Italy
  2. Vasantharajan G, PhD student, IIT Madras
  3. Vasudev Dehalwar, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, MANIT, Bhopal, India
  1. Vasudha Sawalker, PhD Student, Goa University
  2. Vasvi Oza, Artist, Bengaluru
  3. Veena Naregal, Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi
  4. Venkata Sai Kiran Yatagiri, Masters in Mechanical Engineering, SIUE, USA
  5. Venu Madhav Govindu, IISc Bengaluru
  6. Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Author and Human Rights Activist, New Delhi
  7. Vijay Pratap Singh Aditya, CEO, Ekgaon Technologies, New Delhi
  8. Vikas Bajpai, CSMCH, JNU
  9. Vinod John, IISc Bangalore
  10. Virendra Sule, IIT Bombay
  11. Vivek Kumar Mehta, Alumnus, IIT Kanpur
  12. Vivek Kumar, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  1. Wandana Sonalkar, Retired Professor, Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  1. Wenceslaus Mendes, Goa
  2. William Mazzarella, Neukom Family Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago
  1. Winnifred Louis, Professor, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia
  1. Y Srinivasa Rao, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirapalli
  2. Yashodhan M, BS´MS student, IIT Madras
  3. Yashpal Jogdand, Assistant Professor, IIT Delhi
  4. Yashwant Zagade, PhD Scholar, TISS, Mumbai
  5. Yogesh Kumar Srivastava, NISER Bhubaneswar
  6. Zoya Vallari, Postdoctoral Scholar, Physics Department, Caltech, California, US
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