APSC stages protest in IIT-M campus against derecognition

Chennai: Members of the students' body of IIT, Madras, whose derecognition for allegedly violating code of conduct has sparked off a major political row, on Tuesday staged a protest inside the campus demanding recognition and an apology from the Dean for his action against them.

Also Read: IIT-M in controversy over 'derecognition' of students' body 

Members of Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) staged a placard-holding protest inside the premises of the premier technical education here, even as the media was not allowed entry to cover the agitation.

The agitating members were seen raising slogans against the management of IIT, Madras, demanding that their study circle be recognised and the Dean apologise for derecognising it.

Meanwhile, journalists who went to cover the protest by APSC members were not allowed entry inside and were seen arguing with the police. IIT, Madras is in the eye of a political storm over the derecognition of APSC for allegedly criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, even as Union HRD Minster Smriti Irani has come under fire from political parties like Congress and students' bodies.

IIT, Madras had, however, maintained that "as per the guidelines in force, student bodies cannot use the name of IIT Madras or its official entities in any capacity to publicise their activities or garner support without official permission."

"This group has violated the guidelines while conducting their meeting," Prof Ramamurthy, Acting Director, had said last week.

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