Students who were expelled from IIT Roorkee, recently found support from both Congress and BJP student wings. 73 students were expelled from the premier institution recently owing to their under performance in the examination. All the students were from first year B.Tech class.
Both Congress and BJP condemned the decision taken by the IIT Roorkee senate to expel these 73 students who had scored less than 5 CGPA in two consecutive semesters. National Students Union of India (NSUI) which is the students wing of the Congress party observed a fast outside the gates of Institution demanding the re-admission of expelled students.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), BJP Students wing, also held a demonstration later outside the gate for same reason. There were also reports of clash between ABVP activists and the security personnels of the institution later in the day.
The District President of NSUI for Haridwar has condemned the decision saying that it is nothing short of playing with the future of students. NSUI has also decided to meet the MP of Haridwar, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on 16 July demanding the re-admission of expelled students.
ABVP President for Garhwal division has also assured students that they will present their demand to the Central Government, if necessary. In addition to NSUI and ABVP, BJP’s teachers’ wing has also come out in support of expelled students.
Blaming the institution itself partially for the under-performance of concerned students, the District President of BJP Teachers wing has sent a memorandum to the Union Ministry of Human Resource demanding their re-installation. Though no official statement has come out from IIT Roorkee itself, it is to be seen how the authorities react given that the decision was taken by the IIT senate with over a hundred professors as its member.
So with the pressure mounting up from all sides, it remains to be seen how the authorities of the institution handle the affair from here and what happens to the future of affected students.