IIT Roorkee has expelled 18 students for scoring poorly in their second semester exams, all of them from the reserved category, says report.
According to TOI, days after the expulsion of 10 students, the institute has now struck off its rolls another 8 students for underperforming.
To decide the fate of all these students, the senate is going to have a meeting on Thursday, Director of IIT Roorkee Pradipta Bannerjee told Press Trust of India.
The senate includes director, deputy director, professors, representatives of employees, among others as members.
The decision for a relook follows a request to this effect from the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, he said.
However, Ms Bannerjee said it is up to the senate to approve or disapprove of the idea to take back the expelled students.
Political motives are being ascribed to the education ministry’s communication to the IIT administration as all of these students belong to either SC, ST or OBC categories.
When asked whether it was not an instance of political interference with the institute’s autonomy, Ms Bannerjee said it would have been so if it was an order but “it is just a request and the senate is at liberty to accept it or turn it down”.
“I do not look upon it as political interference. What we have received from the MHRD is a request not an order. The senate will sit and take a final call on it tomorrow,” he said.
However, he said the education ministry is the IIT’s sole funding agency which has a right to make its point whenever it finds it necessary to do so looking at the larger picture.
IIT-Roorkee had expelled 10 students on June 7 and 8 students in July this year.
As per IIT rules, if a student fails to get a minimum CGPA of five they have to be expelled.
(With PTI Inputs)