IIT-BHU students protest against new ordinance

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IIT-BHU students protest against new ordinance

The career of more than 100 students of B Tech third IIIrd and IVth years of Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT ), Banaras Hindu University ( BHU ) is at stake as an ordinance which was passed in November 2012 but not circulated prevents them from appearing in the back paper exams in the following semester examination, thereby delaying their degree by one to two years.

Upset over the decision, around 150 students of different departments of IIT-BHU staged a sit-in stir at the director’s office in the institute’s premises on Saturday.

As per the new ordinance, it does not permit the students to appear for the back paper along with the current semester examination. Instead, the students have to appear for the backlog next year. The students have alleged that the new ordinance passed by the IIT-BHU in November 2012 was not circulated to them and that it will delay their degree by a couple of years thereby affecting their careers.

According to them, the new ordinance was passed after the conversion of Institute of Technology ( IT-BHU ) into IIT-BHU. On the other hand, the third and fourth year students were admitted in the institute prior to this.

Notably, students who are in the final year of the course with at least one back paper are the worst hit as they will not be able to sit for the job placement sessions which is likely to get started from year end. According to the students, the new ordinance also forces them to appear for only two supplementary papers at a time, thereby students who have three to four supplementary papers cannot complete their course in the current or next academic session.

Students have also alleged that when they became aware of the new rule recently, they wrote to authorities asking them to roll back the decision for this semester on the grounds that the students were admitted prior to conversion of IT BHU into IIT. However, there was no proper communication from the authorities’ side. The students have demanded that they should be allowed to appear for the back paper in the forthcoming semester examination which will get started from November 22 onwards.

Despite several efforts, director, IIT-BHU, Dr Rajeev Sanghal could not be contacted to give a comment on the matter. It is not the first time that IIT-BHU students have protested against the new ordinance due to lack of information. Prior to this, in April, students of MTech, protested against a new rule that directs the students to leave the course midway for securing less than six CGPA ( cumulative grade point average ) in the first semester examination. During that time also students alleged that the authorities did not made them aware of the new rule.