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City students protest over de-recognition of IIT Madras student group

A group of students in Mumbai staged a protest on Monday demanding the revoking of the ban imposed by IIT Madras on the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC).

“We are extending our support to Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle. We actually think what has happened at IIT Madras is wrong. I am from IIT Bombay and there is a concern that such groups are being replaced across the IITs,” said a protester, Kranti.

“We want the ban to be revoked,” he added.

Earlier in New Delhi, activists of the All India Students’ Association (AISA), along with Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Association (JNUSU) protested outside the offices of Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).

The protestors raised slogans against the ministry for forwarding a complaint which led to the ban of the students’ group.

Last week, IIT Madras had justified its decision to ban the group, clarifying that the body was merely temporarily derecognised for violating the guidelines of the institute.

The institute had earlier de-recognised 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 acting director of the institute, Professor K. Ramamurthy, said the group had not been working according to the guidelines issued by the represented body.

Ramamurthy also added that the Dean of the institute has asked the students to present their stand.

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