IIT-Madras revokes ban on Dalit students body

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Jun 08, 2015 01:31 IST

IIT-Madras decided to revoke the ban on the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle, APSC, on Sunday evening following a meeting between the Dalit students group and IIT director.

The institute also appointed a professor as APSC's faculty advisor, bringing an end to the more than a week-long standoff.

"The Dean of Students reinstated the recognition of APSC as an independent student body, and after consultation with the APSC representatives, recommended Professor Milind Brahme as the Faculty Advisor," an official release from IIT-M said.

Akhil, a member of APSC, said that the students body has been unconditonally recognized by IIT Madras and some of their demands have been met, according to ANI.

The students body has asked for an unconditional apology from the management for its action, said Akhil.

Earlier in the day, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) criticised the de-recognition of APSC and said that it had invited the institute's acting director, Professor K Ramamurthy as well as the HRD ministry to discuss how the problem could be resolved at the earliest.

IIT-Madras had de-recognised the APSC last month over an anonymous complaint to the Central government that it was trying to spread hatred towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies by distributing provocative pamphlets and posters in the campus, igniting a massive controversy.

The institute's action had drawn criticism and protests from various organisations as well as political parties. Infact, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and HRD minister Smriti Irani had engaged in a war of words on Twitter on the issue.

With students staging protests demanding withdrawal of the action, IIT-M had last week convened a meeting of the Board of Students.

Noting that the Board of Students met and discussed the issues raised by APSC regarding modifications and suggestions for ensuring uniform guidelines for independent student bodies, the release said, some of the suggestions will be taken up in "due course".

(With agency inputs)

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