IIT-M revokes ban on students' group

IIT-M revokes ban on students' group

IIT-M revokes ban on students' group

In a significant development, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) on Sunday said it had reinstated the recognition of students’ group the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC).

A decision was taken in this regard at a meeting between the students representatives of the APSC and IIT-M management.

Recently, the APSC was de-recognised by the IIT-M on the charges of criticising the Central government’s policies and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, besides hurting Hindu sentiments. The action led to huge protest across the country, even by political parties, who demanded immediate withdrawal of the de-recognition.

“The APSC representatives conveyed their views to the IIT director, that the guidelines for independent student bodies were publicised on the website on April 18, 2015, while their meeting took place on April 14, 2015. After the discussions, the director requested them to meet the dean of students,” said a statement agreed upon by the IIT-M and the APSC.

“In view of the above, the dean of students reinstated the recognition of the APSC as an independent student body, and after consultation with its representatives, recommended Prof Milind Brahme as faculty advisor. Prof Brahme has consented to advise the APSC as required in the guidelines for independent student bodies,” said the statement.

The Board of Students met and discussed the issues raised by the APSC regarding modifications to, and suggestions for, ensuring uniform application of the guidelines.

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