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IN People ON 13 Jul, 2015
The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee has recently taken a tough step by striking off the names of 73 students. The reason they give us their Cumulative Grade Point Average, better known as the CGPA, was below five on a scale of 10. This expulsion has created a storm of protest online, and the students are asking the institute to take back the students and let them continue with their studies.
It all began on 15 June 2015 when IIT Roorkee Administration released an office memorandum stating that: “in terms of clause no. 33(1)(a) read with Appendix ‘j’ of the ordinance and regulation for the Undergraduate Programme-2014, the names of the following B.Tech/IMT/M.Sc Ist year students are at this moment struck off from the Rolls of institute.”, attaching a list with the names of the 73 students.
The protest is being supported by the students of IIT Roorkee as well as a big number of people on the following social media sites:
You must check the director's interview here.
There are students belonging to poor families who completed their studies from Government schools and still made it to the IITs with their hard work and passion. Some of them are so poor, they even don't have enough money to visit their parents more than once in a year. It's really unjustified to expel these students just because they couldn't secure a few more marks in their first year of B.Tech. and now their future is being questioned. There's another student who couldn't give enough time because he was busy inventing a hi-tech windmill under his startup. He is a member of many startup communities and took part in b-pal competitions. His CGPA was 4.98 and he was expelled for the 0.2 he couldn't score. The genuine 'Engineer' was expelled because he couldn't do very well in academics. Is this justified to the fortune-tellers of IIT Roorkee who have expelled the freshers because they're pretty sure these students wouldn't be able to become successful engineers?
One of them told us, "Students come here from diverse lingual backgrounds and there have been no initiatives taken up by the institute to help the students to cope up with everybody else, or provide extended help to other students with course related problems. Whereas there are provisions for all such things in the other IITs. Neither was there any prior warning or notice given to any affected student about their present academic performance and its consequences before expelling them."
After receiving their 'mercy plea', the Director organised a senate meeting on July 8th with the Dean Academics and the professors and decided not to consider the mercy plea. On this subject, he said, ' The decision to expel the students is final. If a higher authority asks us to review the decision, we will do it. But, a review does not necessarily mean the decision will change."
The Grading system follows the 'Normal Distribution curve', where the node is 7.0 pointer. This means only half of the students will be able to score above 7.0 CGPA and the rest will be below it, thanks to the relative grading system. According to the 'quality education rule' launched in 2014, each student has to secure at least 5.00 CGPA to be able to continue with their study in addition with minimum required credits per semester. The outrageously strange thing is, failing in a subject gives a student a chance to study that subject again in the next semester and earn credits, whereas passing with a 'D' grade gets a student out of the college because it reduces their CGPA! This means IIT Roorkee wants a student to fail in a subject rather than passing with low marks. Worse, they probably don't want the students who pass with low marks!
Are you listening, IIT Roorkee Administration?