Indore: A day after a dozen students of International Institute of Professional Studies ( IIPS) were suspended for burning an effigy of a faculty, the institute authorities on Tuesday decided to forward their decision in the case to UTD proctorial board.
“ We have done our inquiry and subsequently suspended the students found guilty of burning effigy on the campus. Probe report has been sent to the UTD proctorial board that has the right to take final call in such cases of indiscipline,” IIPS director Anand Sapre told Free Press.
The disciplinary committee members on whose recommendation 12 students were suspended met again on Tuesday and record statements of the students who were suspended for burning effigy of teacher Ravindra adav.
The accused students admitted to the effigy burning but said that the incident was a spontaneous reaction to adav’s move of granting poor marks to MBA ( management science) students in C Programming subject.
When the meeting was going on former leaders of ABVP, including Mahesh Paliwal and former DAVV student union president Varsha Sharma, and NSUI state president Vipin Wankhede reached the institute and stood by the accused students.
Paliwal said that he condemns the effigy burning incident but the institute should also go into the reason why students had to go to such an extent.
“ Had timely action taken action the teacher who under- marked students, the effigy burning would have not taken place,” he said asking the institute authorities to suspend adav also if suspension of the students in not revoked.
Varsha also demanded the same.
“ Every action has its equal and opposite reaction. The institute suspended students on their reaction but is silent on the teacher’s action.” Sapre informed her that a threemember committee including himself, BK Tripathi and RK Vyas has been constituted that would probe into the matter.
Wankhede said that the institute did injustice to students by suspending them even when they were raising a serious issue of undermarking.
“ Their compliant should be probed thoroughly and their suspension should be revoked unconditionally,” he said. After pressing for their demands, the student leaders left the institute and then again proceedings of disciplinary committee were resumed. The committee recorded statements of the students and forwarded its report to UTD proctorial board.
It was a mob, not the affected: Director
Sapre told reporters that the students who were suspended for burning effigy were not the ones who had complained of under- marking.
“ None of the affected students were among the protestors. I am sure that it was not a protest over undermarking issue, he said and went quiet. When asked to open up further, Sapre concluded: “ Perhaps some things are better left unsaid.” On being asked as to why they protested when they were not under- marked by adav, the suspended students said: “ They previously were. It was not for the first time he awarded poor marks to students. He had done same to us as well. When we learnt that he again poorly evaluated copies, we protested against him.”
Yadav’s appointment under question
As the poor evaluation issue gained momentum, adav’s controversial appointment’s matter also stumbled out of the closet.
“ He got second division in degree courses still got appointment in the IIPS,” the students alleged. When the director was asked to clear air over the allegation, he sidestepped the query saying that the matter before him is of effigy burning and undermarking by adav. “ When complaint regarding adav’s appointment would be raised, the appropriate authority would deal with it.”