SC to see if IIT can withhold result of student accused of sexual harassment

The Supreme Court has said it will examine whether an IIT can withhold the results of a final-year student, who was terminated after being held guilty in a sexual harassment case.

A bench of justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao issued notice to the Centre and IIT Kanpur on the plea of the student, who challenged the Allahabad High Court order dismissing his plea.

Advocate Manu Shanker Mishra, appearing for the petitioner, said the results of the final semester should be given to the student as the delay is jeopardising his career.

The petitioner, before being terminated, was a final-year student of Department of Physics after being admitted to the institute in July 2012.

He was expelled from the institute in April 2016 after he was found guilty of sexually harassing a girl student.

The 23-year-old BSc Physics girl student had accused her senior of sexually harassing her for two years after which the college administration had forwarded the matter to the Women’s Cell. The cell found the accused guilty and he was expelled later.

A final-year student of IIT Kanpur was terminated after being held guilty in a sexual harassment case. (HT file photo / Representational)

He claimed that the Women’s Cell never gave the copy of the complaint made by the girl to him and did not even consider his reply.

“The charges levelled against the petitioner were absolutely vague and were incapable of being replied properly. However, the petitioner gave replies to all the charges and he also tried to support his defence by introducing a large number of documents and a list of students who would appear as witnesses in the inquiry in support of his defence,” he said.

The student claimed that the findings of the Internal Complaint’s Committee were also not made available to him by the Women’s Cell.

He said that the report of the Women’s Cell together with the minutes of the meeting of the Senate Students’ Affairs Committee of March 30, 2016 were placed before the Academic Senate for its consideration on April 5, 2016 and were ratified and he was terminated.

“The Academic Senate did not give a copy of the report to the petitioner and it also did not give him any show-cause notice asking him to appear before the Senate for hearing.

“No opportunity of hearing of any kind whatsoever was afforded to the petitioner either by the Senate Students’ Affairs Committee or by the Academic Senate before the aforesaid decision of terminating the academic programme of the petitioner was taken by them,” he said.

The student claimed that his defence was not considered at all by the authorities at any stage of the proceedings and “there was sufficient material supplied by the petitioner so as to demonstrate that the complaint that was made against him by the female student was malicious”.

He said that single judge bench of the Allahabad High Court had ordered that the petitioner will submit a written unconditional apology before the institution and had directed the IIT to declare the petitioner’s result, if he has passed the examination.

IIT Kanpur, however, challenged the order of the single- judge bench which the division bench on February 3, set aside.

Rs 21.78 lakh package is highest in placements for PGDBA course, offered jointly by IIM, IIT and ISI

The inaugural batch of the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA), jointly offered by three premier institutions IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur and ISI Kolkata, has recorded an impressive placement. While the domestic package was Rs 20.14 lakh, the highest offer was Rs 21.78 lakh.

“The recently concluded final placement for the first batch (2015-2017) of the PGDBA witnessed an encouraging participation from the organisations from diverse industries,” a release issued on behalf of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC) said in Kolkata on Wednesday.

The graduating batch comprising 51 students, received a total of 52 offers of which 49 are domestic and three international offers.

The placement hiring process received remarkable involvement from 38 companies including Fortune 500 companies like American Express, Walmart Labs, PwC, MasterCard, JPMC.

The graduating inaugural batch of the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics,  comprising 51 students, received a total of 52 offers of which 49 are domestic and three international offers.

The inaugural batch of PGDBA were offered an average annual compensation package of Rs. 17.14 lakh and the highest was Rs. 20.14 lakh per annum by the domestic recruiters. The international recruiters offered average annual compensation package of Rs 18.07 lakh, the highest being Rs. 21.78 Lakh, the release said.

Commenting on the placement, Prof Uttam Kumar Sarkar, Dean (NI&ER), IIM Calcutta said, “From day one we had been very upbeat about this tri-institute PGDBA programme designed with inputs from passionate experts of analytics industry and from those of the three premier institutes.”

“We are happy the programme turned out to be exactly what had been planned. It’s a great satisfaction to see industry response and positive feedback from stakeholders have exceeded all our expectations,” he added.

In the consulting domain, recruiters included PwC US Advisory, Deloitte, Alvarez and Marsal, and EXL Services that hired for consultant positions in Analytics.

In the finance and financial Services domain, American Express and MasterCard hired for their Payments Analytics division, while Dunia Finance, Edelweiss Financial Services and Societe Generale for financial analytics roles.

In few other domains, Walmart Labs hired in Retail Analytics, UHG hired in HealthCare Analytics and Rediff & Ittiam offered challenging analytics and data science roles from Digital Media industry.

Mitsubishi Fuso, Mahindra & Mahindra, Larsen & Toubro and Cummins were organizations that hired in the Supply Chain, Business Intelligence and Inernet of Things (IoT) domains with this space now growing in the international market.

International offers comprised the positions offered by Mitsubishi Fuso in Tokyo and Dunia Finance in Dubai.

Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, Directi also showed keen interest and participated in the placement process.

Expressing views on the program, Professor Amita Pal, Dean of Studies, ISI Kolkata said, “It is indeed heartening to note that this new and unique programme, which is driven by the expertise of three premier institutions of this country, is already finding its niche in the arena of Business Analytics. The vision behind this novel initiative stands endorsed through its quick acceptance by the major players in the field.”

The PGDBA is a unique programme that aims to help shape the emerging profession of business analytics by delivering a cutting edge inter disciplinary educational experience to the participants, with an aspiration of building a career in this field.

IIT Kanpur terminates 60 students for poor performance

IIT Kanpur has terminated sixty students from the courses they were pursuing for not performing satisfactorily despite warning.

The Dean of Academics, Dr Neeraj Misra said the termination was a normal and lawful practice. Weak students were given opportunities for improving their performance. In case, they failed to make any improvement, action is taken against them.

Forty-six undergraduate students, eight post graduates and six research scholars were among the terminated. A few of them are in the final year.

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The students were given an opportunity for mercy appeal. But no concession through mercy appeal was given to the very weak students.

The institute’s administration has informed the parents and the guardians of the students about their termination and has taken steps to ensure that the upset students do not take any extreme steps, sources said.

68 seats vacant in 23 IITs after round 2; none in IIT Bombay

Mumbai: After two rounds of seat allotment in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the country, 68 seats remain vacant in 23 institutes for the remaining rounds – 131 seats got confirmed in the second round.

However, not a single seat remains in IIT Bombay as all of its 929 have been taken in the first two rounds.

“There were barely 14 seats left in IIT-B so they were bound to be taken over in the second round. Our academic session for the new batch will begin from July 20,” saya a professor from IIT-B.

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After round two, the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) on Friday released statistics of seat vacancy in IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs). A total of 10,988 seats were up for grabs in 23 IITs, including the Indian School of Mines-Dhanbad (ISM-Dhanbad).

After round two, there are just two seats left in IIT Delhi, six in IIT Kharagpur, 16 in IIT (BHU) Varanasi, and newer IITs in Goa and Jammu have two and three seats left vacant, respectively.

About 76 seats were left vacant in IITs even after six rounds last year. Officials had highlighted that most of the vacant seats were in the newer IITs and, therefore, JoSAA will conduct seven rounds of admission to all these institutes this year. “Hopefully not a single seat will go vacant in IITs as well as other institutes this year,” said an official from JoSAA.

IIT Madras’ Pawan Goenka to continue as Board Chairman for three more years

Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd’s Managing Director Pawan Goenka will continue as the Chairman to the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. His nomination has been approved by President Pranab Mukherjee on his visit to IIT Madras.

IIT Madras, IIT, Pawan Goenka, Goenka, IIT Director, IIT Madras MBA, IIT madras PhD, education news, indian express news, Chennai news, Harvard, IIT alumniGoenka will now serve in the post for another three years, according to a press release. The release on Tueday said that President Pranab Mukherjee has allowed the continuation of Goenka’s term which will end in June 2017. Goenka will begin his new term on June 9.

Pawan Goenka is an alumni of IIT Kanpur and has studied in Harvard Business School. He has a PhD from Cornwell University and was part of the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard.

Government to create higher education financing agency

Arun Jaitley made the announcement while presenting the Budget.
Government on Monday, announced the creation of a Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) with an initial capital base of Rs 1,000 crore which will leverage funds from the market and work to create infrastructure in India’s top institutions like the IITs.

In his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley also spoke about creating a regulatory architecture for ten public and ten private institutions to emerge as world-class teaching and research institutions.

The finance minister also announced the establishment of a Digital Depository for academic certificates and also opening of 62 Navodaya Vidyalayas.

Jaitley said that after universalisation of primary education throughout the country, the government wants to take the next big step forward by focusing on the quality of education.

An increasing share of allocation under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan will be allocated for this, he said.

He also emphasised on government’s commitment to empower higher educational institutions to help them become world class teaching and research institutions.

“An enabling regulatory architecture will be provided to 10 public and 10 private institutions to emerge as world-class Teaching and Research Institutions. This will enhance affordable access to high quality education for ordinary Indians. A detailed scheme will be formulated,” he said.

Jaitley also announced the decision to set up a Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) with an initial capital base of Rs 1,000 crores.

“The HEFA will be a not-for-profit organisation that will leverage funds from the market and supplement them with donations and CSR funds. These funds will be used to finance improvement in infrastructure in our top institutions and will be serviced through internal accruals,” he said.

He also announced a proposal to establish a Digital Depository for School Leaving Certificates, College Degrees, Academic Awards and Mark sheets, on the pattern of a Securities Depository.

“This will help validate their authenticity, safe storage and easy retrieval,” Jaitley said.

He also declared that 62 new Navodaya Vidyalayas will be opened in the remaining uncovered districts over the next two years.

Another IIT aspirant ‘kills himself’ in Kota

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In yet another case of suspected suicide due to academic pressure, a 19-year-old student of one of Kota’s IIT coaching institutes was found hanging in his rented room, on Thursday night. Seventeen coaching students had committed suicide in Kotalast year. Arvind Kushwah, a resident of Bhind in Madhya Pradesh, stayed as a paying guest in Indra Colony, part of Kota’s Vigyan Nagar area. Although police did not recover a suicide note, they have not ruled out the possibility of him taking the extreme step under academic pressure.

Arvind’s landlord Karan Kumar Prajapati said the boy was last seen outside his room on Thursday morning. Nobody noticed his absence in the mess at lunch time. The landlord presumed he had eaten outside and was studying, as the room was bolted from inside, said a police officer.

But when Arvind skipped dinner also, the landlord and the other tenants came to check on him. They called police on not getting a response from inside. A police team from Vigyan Nagar police station broke open the door and took the boy’s body down. He was declared dead on arrival at a hospital. “We didn’t recover a suicide note.

We are recording statements of other hostellers and his teachers at the coaching institute. The boy was an introvert. He was good at studies, but was keeping to himself for the past few days,” said the officer. Arvind’s body was handed over to his family after a post-mortem on Friday.