The students and faculty members at IIT Jodhpur had started an agitation against the director, C.V.R. Murty, last week. Seeing no end to these protests, the Human Resource Development(HRD) Ministry has now appointed a three-member team to find a solution. This team will be headed by D.R. Mehta, Chairman of SEBI.
The students have claimed that the Director is harming the academic and research aspects of the institution by forcing faculty resignations and unsystematic terminations. They have demanded that the Director resign immediately.
According to students, the current situation at the institution will have a direct impact on their future. They do not wish to risk their careers, and thus are calling for the Director’s dismissal.
The MP of Jodhpur, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, had a meeting with the faculty members of IIT on April 8, in an attempt to resolve the issue. The faculty members asked for the matter to be taken to the HRD. Shekhawat was quoted saying “After going into the details of the issue, I had a talk with the HRD Ministry and also had a meeting with the students, faculty members and the director and realized that there are some issues of key importance, which must be addressed for good.”
Due to this agitation by the faculty and students, the entire working of the institution has stopped. No administrative or academic tasks have been conducted in last one week. The students are not ready to relent before their demands are met.
The IIT Jodhpur administration also sent letters to the students’ parents, in attempt to make the agitation stop. They requested the parents to guide their children and help them get back to regular classes.
According to Shekhawat, the team is set to arrive in Jodhpur today. It shall discuss the matter with the students, faculty and IIT administration separately and come up with a solution at the earlies