Hyderabad: Amid continuing protests by students of University of Hyderabad (UoH) over the death of a research scholar Rohit Vemula, interim Vice Chancellor Vipin Srivastava has gone on leave.

Barely a week after Vice Chancellor P Appa Rao proceeded on indefinite leave in the wake of students' demand for his resignation, senior most professor Vipin Srivastava, who had taken over as the interim vice chancellor, has also gone on leave.

As per sources, the next senior most professor, A M Periasamy, will perform the duties of the Vice Chancellor of the university till further orders as per the terms of the Statute 1A (7) of the University.

Appa Rao, whose name figures in the first information report, had gone on leave on January 24. However, the students had also refused to accept Srivastava as the interim vice chancellor as he had headed a sub-committee of the executive council which suspended five Dalit students following a clash with a leader of ABVP.

Rohit Vemula, one of the suspended students, committed suicide on January 17 which triggering protests across the country with students calling for action against the vice chancellor and others responsible for the suicide.

Source: IANS