The IIT Madras has finally lifted the ban on the students group Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle after a meeting was held between the student’s body and the IIT board members.
A statement released by the APSC students body said,
“The APSC representatives conveyed their views to the director; in particular, that the guidelines for independent student bodies was published on the website on April 18, 2015, while their meeting took place on April 14, 2015. After discussions with the director, he requested them to meet the dean of students. In view of the above, the dean reinstated the recognition of APSC as an independent student body.”
Earlier, The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had hit out strongly on the ban imposed on the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle in IIT-Madras. The NCDC had urged IIT Madras’ acting director Professor K. Ramamurthy as well as the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) to discuss measures to resolve the issue.
The IIT Madras had recently banned the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle over an anonymous complaint to the central government that it was trying to spread hatred towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies by distributing provocative pamphlets and posters in the campus, igniting a massive controversy. The IIT Madras management had later stated that the action taken was in accordance with the student group’s non-adherence towards the guidelines laid out by the institute.