Giving in to protests by students, faculty and alumni, the government Saturday appointed Prof Partha Pratim Chakrabarti director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His appointment was announced a day after the CVC cleared him of corruption charges.
The government had failed to name a director for more than a year, igniting protests against the delay in Chakrabarti’s appointment last month. Hundreds of alumni sat on a hunger strike July 17 and marched in Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata on July 20. They also petitioned President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and HRD minister M M Pallam Raju. The alumni association was planning a nation-wide hunger strike when the government announced Chakrabarti’s appointment at the IIT convocation.