Rahul Gandhi today said that the Narendra Modi government is “on the back foot” after the lifting of a ban on a students’ group at IIT Madras even as he hailed the development as a “big win for students”.
“Ban friendly Modi Sarkar on back foot. IIT Study Circle ban lifted. Big win for students,” the Congress Vice President said in a tweet.
The premier technological institute had yesterday revoked the ban on a students’ group, the de-recognition of which had triggered a row. The institute also appointed a professor as its faculty advisor as it brought an end to the more than a week-long standoff.
Lifting of the ban on Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) and appointment of Professor Miland Brahme as Advisor came after a meeting between the Dean of Students and representatives of the students’ group yesterday.
IIT Madrid had found itself at the centre of a controversy after it de-recognised APSC, many of whose members are Dalits, following a complaint that it was critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Union HRD Minster Smriti Irani also came under fire from political parties, including Congress and students’ bodies, for the action against IIT Madras group.