IIIT Bhopal students protest lack of faculty, placement cell; institute threatens to fail dissenters in exam

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New Delhi | Updated: August 29, 2019 12:49:36 PM

The situation is so bad for IIIT is that it has no campus of its own and operates from the Bhopal campus of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT).

IIIT Bhopal, IIIT Bhopal quora, IIIT Bhopal placement, IIIT Bhopal fees, IIIT Bhopal campus, IIIT Bhopal camous area, IIIT Bhopal hostel, IIIT Bhopal nirf ranking, IIIT Bhopal highest packageMore than 200 students have been protesting to demand faculty and placement cell for over a seven days now. (Image source: Students from the campus/IE)

The Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bhopal has been working on without a dean, permanent faculty and a placement coordinator since its inception in 2017. The situation is so bad for IIIT is that it has no campus of its own and operates from the Bhopal campus of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT). Over 200 students have been protesting in support of these demands for over seven days now. However, things turned ugly with the institute when it threatened to fail the protesting students in examination, the Indian Express reported.

The maiden batch of the institute is set to graduate soon, and the students have been taught by contractual teachers. The faculty is replaced every year, affecting consistency. Students have no one to hear their grievances as well, a third-year student told the Indian Express while pointing out that they have spoken MANIT director and our nodal officer (Singai) several times but they were not ready to help them.

Both groups of second and third-year students have been shunning classes and are sitting in the campus corridors for six days now. On Tuesday, more than 100 students sat at campus gates for a protest that went all night.

It is being reported that MANIT texted the parents of the dissenting students saying that their wards were involved in indisciplinary activities. The parents were also told that students would be awarded zero marks in exams if they continue with the protests.

The Narendra Modi government allocated Rs 94,000 crore for the education sector in the budget this year. The government has also been driving the use of technology in improving the quality of education. In his interim budget speech in February this year, Piyush Goyal had proposed to increase the digital intensity in education and move gradually from ‘black board’ to ‘digital board’.

 

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