Indian Institute of Technology (Hyderabad) Sacks Gay Activist Ashley Tellis

Published: June 11, 2010

Indian Institute of Technology (Hyderabad) Sacks Gay Activist Ashley Tellis

In an AMU redux south of the Vindhyas, Indian Institute of Technology (Hyderabad) management sacked gay rights activist and faculty member Ashley Tellis, apparently discomfited by his sexual orientation. The academic, with around 20 years of experience, was shown the door last fortnight less than a year after joining IIT-H.

Being on probation, Tellis’s services were terminated summarily. However, reliable sources said he was asked to leave for his "unlawful behaviour" and "deviant mischief". IIT-Hyderabad director Uday Desai did not take calls and his office said he would be available only after June 21.

It’s learnt that Tellis’s exit from IIT was being planned by the management ever since AMU’s S R Siras was sacked for being gay in February this year. Tellis has filed a right to information (RTI) application seeking reasons behind his sudden termination and intends to have a face-off with IIT-H.

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