Uttarakhand HC rejects expelled IIT Roorkee students’ petition

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Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday rejected the petition of 64 students, who had challenged  IIT-Roorkee’s decision to expel them for scoring less than five Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) in semester examinations, reports PTI.

However, Justice Alok Singh directed IIT-Roorkee to reconsider its decision on two students who had a CGPA of more than five but did not have the required credits. Out of 72 expelled students, 64 moved the high court challenging the decision of the institute, Vipul Sharma, counsel for the IIT-Roorkee said.

Rejecting thee petition, the court held that as mandated by the IIT, students need to have a CGPA of above five and a minimum credit of 22 points.

Earlier this month, IIT Roorkee had struck off 73 students from the institution because their CGPA was below 5. This decision had angered the 6000-odd students of the campus. More than 90 percent of these expelled students belonged to reserved category i.e. from SC/SCT/OBC

Students had even questioned the grading system, which according to them was flawed.

IIT-Roorkee Deputy Director Prof Vinod Kumar said, “We have heard that the court order is in our favour but will wait for the copy of the judgment.”

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