Director resigned due to personal reasons, says IIT-D

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 30, 2014 02:48 IST

The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) on Monday said director RK Shevgaonkar resigned due to personal reasons and not due to the research academy in Mauritius.

The staff association of the institution, meanwhile, requested the authorities to issue a public statement over the controversy triggered in the wake of Shevgaonkar's resignation.

IIT-D also said the International Institute of Technology Research Academy (IIITR), Mauritius, is an independent research academy set up after ministry of human resource development's approval.

"IITRA is not an extension campus of IIT-Delhi. It's an independent research academy. IIT-Delhi's role is only advisory in nature and not financial," said a statement issued by the institution.

Outlining the timeline of the events, IIT-Delhi has said that the institution received letters from the MHRD and ministry of external affairs, seeking support for setting-up an IIT-like institution in Mauritius during the tenure of the previous director between March 21 and August 26, 2011.

Once an agreement was signed between the MHRD and Mauritius' education ministry, the IIT Council had requested IIT-Delhi to take the initiative in establishing an IIT-like institution in Mauritius on November 3, 2012.

Then, a six-member committee was constituted by IIT-Delhi to prepare a feasibility report which was submitted to the education ministries of the two countries.

Later, when an MoU was prepared, the government requested the director to join the delegation with former HRD minister Pallam Raju between November 17-20, 2013, the institution stated. The academy was inaugurated in July 2014.

The staff association claimed that the issue is a "fight between two governments".

"The MoU for setting up the academy in Mauritius was signed in the presence of minister Pallam Raju, so this is basically a fight between the two governments," said a staff association member.

The IIT Delhi Alumni Association has come out in support of Shevgaonkar.

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