IIMC suspends student for remark against Dalits

The Dalit student who lodged a formal complaint in this case has also been suspended for a week from the hostel for having used an expletive against a senior female faculty member.

Written by Raghvendra Rao | New Delhi | Updated: March 3, 2016 4:08 am

The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) student accused of having made derogatory remarks on social media against Dalit and Adivasi communities has been suspended from the institute’s hostel for three weeks.

The Dalit student who lodged a formal complaint in this case has also been suspended from the hostel for a week for having used an expletive against a senior female faculty member.

These actions follow the recommendations of the inquiry ordered by the I&B Ministry after Prashant Kanojia, an English Journalism student, accused fellow student Utkarsh Singh of having made derogatory remarks against Dalit and Adivasi communities on social media.

“The matter has been considered and it is felt that the language used by you was offensive, grossly provocative, insulting and unparliamentary. It also resulted in a great deal of dissatisfaction and unrest within the IIMC campus. Your actions are not in keeping with the standards of conduct expected from a student of the institute and is reprehensible,” IIMC’s Deputy Registrar P V K Raja has written to Utkarsh Singh, a student of Hindi Journalism.

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In a separate letter, Raja has informed Kanojia about the action against him for having used an expletive against a senior woman faculty member. “The matter has been considered and it is felt that the language used by you was indecent, offensive, vulgar and unparliamentary. The WhatsApp message was sent by you in connection with the introduction of a surprise test in the English Journalism course by the senior lady faculty member,” Raja stated.

The inquiry conducted by I&B ministry’s Joint Secretary Mihir Kumar Singh also recommended creation of “institutional mechanisms” to deal with “such situations”.

A code of discipline and conduct for students and a disciplinary committee, an SC/ST cell to deal with grievances of SC/ST students, and a dean of students welfare are some of the steps proposed as part of this institutional mechanism. It also envisages a code of conduct for teachers and employee. “This should among other things, ban political activity by the faculty on the campus,” it says.

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