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…

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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…

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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. The students were given an opportunity for mercy appeal. But no…

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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…

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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. Goenka 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…

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Government to create higher education financing agency

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…

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Another IIT aspirant ‘kills himself’ in Kota

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…

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