Rao also sought to distance the HRD Ministry and the two ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya from the decisions taken by the University which allegedly forced the student Rohit Vemula to take the extreme step.
"I am not going to consider such kind of demand", he said when asked whether he would consider quitting the post as demanded by students who are now being backed by several political parties.
The students, Rao said, have made the demand in a situation in which they feel they are aggrieved and have asked for his resignation.
"Anything has to come through a proper method and has to go through an established process. Decisions are taken in a cool atmosphere. If an appropriate committee considers the whole issue and finds if I have done anything wrong then I can consider", he said.
Asked about the alleged intervention by the HRD ministry on the basis of a letter written by Dattatreya, Rao said it is a common practice for people's representatives to write routinely on common man's grievances.

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