Students protest against HRD ministry, IIT-Madras

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) Scores of students on Monday staged a protest outside the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry here against de-recognition of a students group by the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-Madras).

The students, gathered under the aegis of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union, raised slogans against IIT-Madras and the HRD ministry at Shashtri Bhawan, which houses the ministry.

The Jamia Millia Islamia and Delhi University units of All India Student Association (AISA) also participated in the demonstration.

The protestors said the IIT-Madras has banned Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC), a students’ study group, for criticising the central government, as per the directions of the Smriti Irani-led HRD ministry.

“Banning the APSC of IIT-Madras for aptly criticising the government’s inabilities is unfair. There is a need to defend our right to freedom of speech and expression,” said Sandeep Saurav, national general secretary of AISA.

Last week, the IIT-Madras acted against the APSC following an anonymous complaint to the central government that the students group was trying to “create hateful environment” by distributing “controversial pamphlets and posters” on the campus.

The ministry, however, later clarified that the IIT-Madras simply acted according to its own “procedure and institute’s guidelines”.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here