Hyderabad: University of Hyderabad (UoH) Vice-Chancellor Professor Appa Rao Podile will demit office on June 7, 2021. He will hand over charge to Prof. Arun Agarwal, Pro-Vice Chancellor and the senior-most Professor at the University.
Prof. Podile had requested the Ministry of Education (MoE) in March 2021 to relieve him from the position. The approval from the President of India based on the request made by Prof. Podile was received recently.
Prof. Podile was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of UoH on September 21, 2015 for a period of five years and granted one year's extension in September 2020. Prof. Podile is a senior professor in the department of Plant Sciences in the School of Life Sciences at UoH.
The Union ministry of education had extended the tenure of Professor Appa Rao Podile for a year.
His tenure was to end on September 22.
Prof. Appa Rao Podile was embroiled in a controversy following the death of Dalit Ph.D. scholar Rohith Vemula who died by suicide in January 2016 after he was suspended from the hostel and was allegedly facing caste discrimination. His death started a countrywide protest against the Central government and the UoH students demanded the resignation of the Vice-Chancellor.
The same year in March, the V-C lodge was allegedly ransacked by the protesting students. Twenty-five students and two faculty members of the university were arrested.
In 2019, under Prof. Appa Rao Podile's vice-chancellorship, UoH gained recognition as an institution of eminence from the Central government.