The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi on Wednesday announced that it had revoked the termination order of three students, including two Schedule Caste students.
The move comes after some SC students complained to the National Commission for SC and ST the IIT had discriminated on the basis of caste.
The complaint was made after IIT asked 20 students, including 11 from SC and one from ST category, to leave in the first week of June citing unsatisfactory performance. All were either completing their first or second year.
In the face of the complaint, IIT constituted a committee and invited the 20 students along with their parents to discuss their cases. During the discussions no student mentioned anything about discrimination, the institute says.
At the end of the discussions the committee concluded academic and administrative procedures had been followed scrupulously while the students were given marching orders.
The committee, however, made an exception in three cases and recommended a lenient view may be taken in view of the “special circumstances” that resulted in their falling short of the credit requirements marginally.
When asked what “special circumstances” prompted IIT to reconsider these three cases, Deputy Director Prof B.N. Jain refused to comment. “At this stage this is all we have to say,” said Jain.
Every year, at the end of each semester the standing review committee (SRC) reviews the performance of potentially weak students so as to help them pace their study programme, a IIT-Delhi press release says.
In the process, the SRC also identifies those students whose performance is well below par and are unlikely to finish their degree requirements in the statutorily prescribed maximum period of six years.
If the number of credits earned by a student at the end of the year is more than a threshold number of credits pre-identified by the Senate (and enshrined in our rules and regulations, and made known to all students) then the student may continue in IIT, else he/she is asked to leave. This system has been in operation for the past many years.