It has been just over a week since the IIT-Jodhpur students and faculty members launched an agitation against the director of the institute, C V R Murty. In response to the rising protests, the HRD ministry has decided to send a 3 member team to the institute to investigate the matter. The team would be headed by D R Mehta, the former SEBI chairman.
The local MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that the team would land in Jodhpur on Friday and will have individual meetings with the institute's administration, faculty and students to bring an end to the tumultuous situation.
The faculty of the institute earlier had a meeting with Mr Shekhawat and requested him to intervene and ask the HRD ministry to step in to resolve the issue. The MP was quoted saying "After going into the details of the issue, I had a talk with the MHRD and also had a meeting with the students, faculty members and the director and realized that there are some issues of key importance, which must be addressed for good,"
The students of the institute have long been demanding the removal of the director, reasoning that he has been disrupting the academic and research atmosphere at the premier institute by indiscriminate terminations and forcing faculty resignations.
With the students not ready to back down, all the administrative and academic activities at the institute have come to a halt.
One of the students said "This is a matter concerning our future and unless the director does not go, we do not think that things will improve here, which will have a direct bearing on our career prospects,"
The institute's administration even tried to write to the parents of the students in a bid to push them back on their demands, but it was to no avail.