The Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee (IIT-R) has decided to grant conditional readmission to the students who were expelled owing to poor performance, bringing an end to over a month-long row that even reached the Uttarakhand high court.
The decision to grant readmission to the expelled students with some stringent pre-conditions was taken on Monday by the senate.
“All the students who have less than 5 CGPA (score) at the end of first year of undergraduate programme will be readmitted conditionally as one-time measure,” said registrar Prashant Garg in a press release.
The conditions for readmission include clearing again all the courses of both semesters of first year, maintaining a minimum attendance of 75 in every subject, obtaining a CGPA (score) more than or equal to 5 point are some conditions that will be considered before re-admitting students, Garg said.
On June 15, 72 students of the first year batch were expelled for scoring less than five CGPA in their first and second semester B Tech exams, making it the first IIT in the country to resort to expulsions on such a wide scale.
The rule for obtaining of both scores (credits and CGPA point) was started as mandatory by the institute from the last academic session.
The students approached the high court for relief on July 14 but a single bench found the expulsion move correct except for two students, who had had a minimum CGPA point.
On July 28, the high court again rejected a special plea of the expelled students, including the two, finding that they are not suitable for readmission.
After having been rejected from the court, the students reportedly filed a fresh mercy appeal before the institute for their readmission.
“The institute has revoked their new rule of ‘mandatory’ obtaining of combined CGPA and credit scores for those expelled students that could not clear their first year. But this relaxation is one-time measure for them,” said a professor who was present at the senate meeting, on the condition of anonymity.