An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay (IIT-B) has claimed that the some faculty members of the institute's Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE) harass students, especially post graduate students and research scholars.
Suresh Varghese, who completed his PhD from the CESE in 2005, has written an open letter to the IIT-B director, Devang Khakhar. The letter states: “Evaluation of students at the centre is not always based on academic performance… especially when subjective grading takes place. Hard work and commitment is rarely rewarded. Students are instead encouraged to please by any means.”
Virendra Sethi, head of CESE, and Varghese’s guide said: “I was his (Varghese) guide and he is very bright. As for the corruption allegation, we follow the rule and procedure of the institute and have several mechanisms in place to address students’ issues.”
He said Varghese can voice his opinion on the centre’s Alumni Day on June 11.