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Only sought explanation, says IIT-M director

Following the controversy over the de-recognition by the IIT-Madras of the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC), the institute’s director Bhaskar Ramamurthi has said the management only sought an explanation from the students’ group.

Currently abroad, Mr. Ramamurthi in an email response to a query from retired bureaucrat M.G. Devasahayam, said: “We have not acted in response to the contents of the anonymous complaint. When we received it, we came to know that a meeting was conducted by the APSC and they had not observed some of the guidelines created by the Board of Students.” The email was shared with some mediapersons.

The Director said: “The communication to the APSC had asked them to explain why these had not been observed, so that their response could be considered by the Board of Students. The APSC seems to have understood the communication as a ban, which it is not.” 

However, the IIT-M Dean’s e-mail to the APSC, dated May 22, states: “This is to inform you that because of the misuse of the privileges given to your study circle as an independent student body, your student body is de-recognised by the institute. You are welcome to come and explain your stand.”

Stating that the IIT-M was trying to sort the issue out to the satisfaction of the students, Mr. Ramamurthi said: “I hope it will be resolved soon. I wish to reassure you that we have not acted in a mindless fashion.”


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