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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

IIT Roorkee sticks to expulsion call - TNN

Shivani Saxena, TNN | Jul 10, 2015, 10.07PM IST

DEHRADUN: A day after IIT Roorkee expelled 73 students for under-performing, the institute called a meeting of senior officials including the director and heads of departments, to review the expulsion of the students. 

The meeting, which went on till 8 in the evening, eventually decided that there would be no change in the decision taken by the academic senate which had met on Wednesday and had decided to expel all the 73 students. 

"After a lot of deliberations and analysis, we decided to go ahead with the senate's decision on the expulsion. There would be no change in it," said Prashant Garg, registrar, IIT Roorkee.
Meanwhile, some of the affected students said that they were considering approaching the high court against the institute's decision. "None of us knew that if we scored less than 5 CGPA, we would be expelled. It was a big shock when we read the notice issued in this regard. We contacted many professors, but none of them were also aware about this rule, "claimed one of the students who scored a CGPA of 4.75 in the first two semesters, and who was considering a legal option. 

However, a senior professor at the institute said that the rules are clearly mentioned in the rule book. "It is not like the rules of the match have been changed after the match started. That would have been an unfair thing. The expulsion might be reconsidered and the decision might be revised for some on humanitarian grounds, but at the end of the day, a rule is a rule." 

Parents when contacted did not speak much the issue and said they were only worried about their children who they hoped would not take any drastic step like suicide if the decision is not revised.

"A student who got through IIT from the general category quota, after a year-long rigorous preparation can't be academically that bad. It is already too late for enrolments in other colleges. These students should be given a second opportunity" said a worried parent, who had come from Jaipur to be with his son.