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khaskhabar.com : Monday, September 11, 2023 1:47 PM
New Delhi. Cases of suicide of two Dalit students had come to the fore in IIT Delhi in the past. After this, a survey was started to know the mental stress and caste discrimination among the students of IIT Delhi. However, this survey of IIT Delhi had to be stopped within just a few hours of starting.
Actually the students say that the questions asked in the survey were biased.
Following the suicide of two students at IIT Delhi over the course of about 2 months, a campus-wide survey on caste discrimination was launched by the Board of Students Publication (BSP). However, protests against the survey soon started within the IITs.
The students say the design of the survey is biased, insensitive and problematic. On the other hand, the SC/ST cell of IIT Delhi said that no consultation was done on the survey.
Significantly, in July, BTech final year student Ayush Ashna committed suicide. After this, a case of suicide of another student of the same department, Anil Kumar, also came to light. Following Kumar’s death, there was a fresh outcry among IIT-Delhi students demanding an investigation into signs of caste discrimination and an investigation into the mathematics and computing department.
The students of IIT Delhi campus said that they had come to know about a survey being conducted for the next edition of ‘The Inquirer’, one of the publications of BSP. BSP is the institute’s officially recognized student publication and is headed by a professor in the Department of Chemistry.
The survey, titled ‘Student Survey on Caste-Based Discrimination’, consisted of nine sections, totaling around 45 questions, and was being circulated on Google Forms.
In the survey, it was said to keep the identity of the respondents confidential. However, the students of IIT Delhi were not satisfied with this survey.
He said that the questions asked in the survey are objectionable. The approval of SC-ST cell was not taken before preparing or asking the survey. It is difficult to get help in solving the problem from such illogical questions.
IIT Delhi-based BSP admitted that due process was not followed before the survey. This is the reason why BSP has withdrawn the survey.
Significantly, these cases of suicide in IIT have troubled the students of other institutes as well. Expressing deep dissatisfaction over this, many student organizations of various universities have demanded the administration to stop such cases.
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