Category: VIT Survey & Fallout

Help us close the gender gap


Dear friends, 

Two courageous young Indian women need your support RIGHT NOW.

My students have been dismissed from college and repeatedly threatened by VIT administrators, simply because they initiated a survey regarding campus safety and gender discrimination. VIT University is behaving irrationally and irresponsibly.

Please SIGN THE PETITION, and share with everyone you know who cares about gender equality and free speech!

SIGN NOW to help us FIGHT GENDER DISCRIMINATION and suppression of dissent in India’s private universities.

Thank you,

Ted Moallem
Vellore, Tamil Nadu

Standing Up for Gender Equality…IN INDIA!!!





Awesome, justice-loving people around the world have started writing open letters in support of S—— C——, a VIT University student, who has been removed from the campus (indefinitely) for standing up for gender equality at her Institution.


›› Here’s some BACKGROUND of the story up till now.

›› And here are some LETTERS OF SUPPORT   (published with each author’s permission)encouraging VIT University’s administrators to commit unequivocally to gender equality/gender-neutral policies, and to allow S—— to return to her studies immediately, without facing negative repercussions for her just stance.


** To have your letter of support posted publicly, please CC’ (or forward) to

VIT Female Student Survey

Education for Development {E4D} Trust is conducting a survey of female VIT University students residing in the VIT ladies’ hostels. All names, email addresses and registration numbers will be kept strictly confidential. Please note that E4D is completely independent of VIT University.

The survey itself can be filled by female VIT students here:

Anonymized results from this survey will be updated once daily here:

We understand that the VIT administration is none too pleased with this exercise in democracy. The VIT students who bravely helped to initiate this opinion poll have been threatened repeatedly, but to no avail. E4D is not a VIT entity; quite the contrary. E4D has formed in response to the overwhelming shortcomings of the current private university system.

We believe with all our hearts that India is far better than the sum of her fears. To those private university students brave enough to record their opinions with us, we salute you, and we will maintain your confidentiality always. Your courage forges the path forward.

To those still fearfully hiding in the shadows, we understand. Change is near. Stay hopeful!

-The E4D Team