news Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 05:30
A petition has been started on Change.Org to revoke the ban on the Ambedkar-Periyar study circle (APSC) by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, a day after the issue became a subject of discussion all over media channels and social networking sites. Controversy struck the Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD) and IIT Madras after the college "derecognised" the student body following an anonymous complaint forwarded to the MHRD stating that the group was creating polarisation in the name of "caste" and spreading hatred against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and “Hindus”. The decision which was conveyed to the APSC students on May 22, came a week after Prisca Mathew, Under Secretary to the Ministry of Human Resource Development wrote to the Director of IIT Madras asking for an explanation regarding the anonymous letter that the ministry had received. The petition which already has 400 signatures, claims that "de-recognition of a student body or a study circle based on unsubstantiated charges levelled by anonymous persons, without giving the members of the group an opportunity to defend their activities, is against the principles of natural justice." The petition is addressed to the Director of IIT-Madras and Union Minister for Ministry of Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani Read - Full Letter: IIT Madras APSC students respond to derecognition