NIT-Warangal students stage flash protest on campus

NIT-Warangal students stage flash protest on campus

THE HANS INDIA |   Aug 03,2017 , 11:13 PM IST

Students squat in front of the administrative block at NIT Warangal on Thursday protesting against fixing of CGPA 7.5 as criteria to contest Students Council elections
Students squat in front of the administrative block at NIT Warangal on Thursday protesting against fixing of CGPA 7.5 as criteria to contest Students Council elections

Warangal Urban: The students of National Institute of Technology Warangal (NITW) have resorted to a flash protest on Thursday opposing the new set of guidelines framed for contesting in Students Council election.

The institute authorities have prescribed that candidates intending to contest in the Students Council elections should have a minimum Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) of 7.5 and in no event, have any academic backlogs.

It was learnt that a committee with senior faculty has been formed a month ago to frame new guidelines for contesting in the Students Council elections. The new guidelines were posted on the institute website on Thursday after getting approval from the director Prof GRC Reddy.

Large numbers of students have staged protest in front of the institute administrative block during evening hours. The protest continued till late evening hours as the representatives of the students held talks with the director and concerned faculty members. But the matter was not resolved.

The protesting students have complained that the institute authorities were trying to suppress the voice of the students on the campus by imposing new rules every now and then. ‘It is totally undemocratic to fix the CGPA 7.5 as the criteria to contest the elections,’ lamented a student, who doesn’t want to be named.

The students maintained that fixing the CGPA as high as 7.5 as criteria was not followed in any institute. Even in the NITW, the rule was not followed in the past but the current director wants to curb the freedom of the students, they alleged.

The institute authorities claimed that the new guidelines were framed based on JM Lyngdoh Committee’s recommendations and suggestions relating to students’ union elections. But the committee’s suggested that candidates contesting elections should have first class marks which translate into 6.5 CGPA.

When contacted, the Dean (students’ welfare) Dr SVS Ramana Reddy told The Hans India that the new guidelines were framed for the betterment of the students. Different measures were planned to ensure a better Students Council and as part of which, the CGPA has been fixed.

‘I and the Director have spoken to the students to convince them about the new guidelines related to Students Council elections and the issue would be sorted out amicably,’ Dr Reddy added.

Meanwhile, the students informed that they were planning to boycott the Students Council elections and to continue their protest till the new rule was withdrawn. As per the rules the elections have to be conducted during the second week of reopening of the institute.