The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-Madras) on Friday justified its decision to ban a student group, clarifying that the body was merely ‘temporarily derecognised’ for violating guidelines of the institute.
“There are several student organisations functioning on the IIT campus operating on the basis of student involvement and initiatives… Student groups desiring to use the Institute’s resources are required to be recognised and they are to follow guidelines prescribed by the Board of Students which consists of all the elected student representatives,” a statement from IIT-Madras said.
“While IIT Madras does not curtail freedom of expression of the students, it is expected that student groups adhere to these guidelines while conducting their activities. As per the guidelines in force, the student bodies can’t use the name of IIT Madras or its official entities in any capacity, to publicise their activities or garner support, without official permission. The Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle has violated the guidelines while conducting their meeting… Violation of these guidelines leads to temporary derecognition pending their presenting their stand to the Board of Students,” it added.
IIT Madras had earlier de-recognised the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle 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 acting director of the institute, Professor K. Ramamurthy, said the group had not been working according to the guidelines issued by the represented body.
Ramamurthy also added that the Dean of the institute has asked the students’ group to present their stand.