Chennai(WEB TEAM): The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras has derecognised a student association after it received an anonymous complaint that the group has been criticising government policies and spreading hatred against PM Narendra Modi, reported a leading daily.
According to report, the decision to ban Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle (APSC), a student association, was taken after the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) made an inquiry regading the complaint.
The report said that Prisca Mathew, under secretary to the government of India, wrote a letter to the IIT director requesting the comment on the issue. “I am directed to forward herewith a copy of anonymous letter alleging serious complaints received from students, IIT-Madras along with pamphlet issued by Ambedkar-Periyar study circle on the above mentioned subject and to request that comments of the institute may please be sent to this ministry at an early date,” reported a daily.
Following which, the IIT dean (for students), Sivakumar M Srinivasan, sent an email to the coordinators of the APSC informing them that they had been ‘derecognised’.
A member of the APSC said, “We object to the fact that the dean has derecognized our study circle unilaterally without giving us a fair hearing and an opportunity to represent ourselves and we have not misused any privileges given by the institute,” the daily added.
However, Dean Sivakumar M Srinivasan has justified the ban saying the APSC has broken the basic code of conduct. They have misused privileges given to them.