I had to resign from a premier technical institute in Tamil Nadu from the position of Assistant Professor in January 2022 due to severe caste discrimination and conjoint mental harassment.
Since my resignation, I have traveled to Delhi and other parts of the country to raise awareness about the problem of caste discrimination within academia. I have also met Members of the Parliament, representatives at the National Commission for Backward Classes, and bureaucrats at the Ministry of Education. I am working towards having an external committee probe the problem of caste discrimination at the institution.
While I have made some progress, the progress has been glacial. In the meanwhile, the Administration of the Technical Institution has decided to unduly and hurriedly evict me from my residential quarters. In some ways, the process itself has been a punishment. I am however keen on doing what I can to reform Indian universities so as to make them more inclusive. Pursuing my own case of caste discrimination is a part of this larger effort.
Naturally, the financial stressors generated by the loss of pay and housing is getting in the way of my fight against casteism. You can help by making a modest contribution to help fight the problem of caste in academia.
More specifically, your contribution will help support:
a) My living expenses from the time I had to quit my job at the institute until I join my next job.
b) My boarding and lodging expenses during travel to Delhi and other places in India to raise awareness on the issue of caste discrimination within academia through interviews and lectures.
Discriminators thrive on the fact that the oppressed do not have the means or the grit to impose a cost upon them. I am determined to break this belief.
Here are three videos about my case:
My letters to various ministers and constitutional bodies pertaining to the case are attached.
You can access my CV and scholarly articles at www.vipinveetil.com
Vipin P Veetil