"Revamp academic programme of IIT Kanpur to motivate students": Pandey

"IIT Kanpur must withdraw the expulsion order of students"

"Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur must withdraw the expulsion order of students and revamp its system so that the academic programme motivates students to learn and engage in engineering-related socially-useful work rather than go after non-engineering consumerist oriented jobs which are totally non-productive" asserted Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee (2002) and a former faculty member of IIT Kanpur and former member of Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE) of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. Dr Pandey also launched a signature petition to mount further pressure on IIT Kanpur (petition is online here). Read more
"It is a shame that Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has decided to expel 38 students belonging mostly to Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) category" said Dr Sandeep Pandey.

"While the general thinking of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is in the direction of relaxing the examination system so that a more conducive learning atmosphere can be created for students, it appears that IIT Kanpur has yet to come out of the paradigm in which academic performance is used to penalize students" said Dr Pandey, who has been a former member of MHRD's Central Advisory Board on Education.

"Suicides among students are not very uncommon in IIT Kanpur and presently an unusually high number of students are receiving psychological counselling. The failure is not that of students but that of IIT system" said Dr Pandey.

"IIT Kanpur must withdraw the expulsion order of students and revamp its system so that the academic programme motivates students to learn and engage in engineering-related socially-useful work rather than go after non-engineering consumerist oriented jobs which are totally non-productive" reads the signature petition which he launched yesterday in support of the growing movement of students demanding withdrawal of expulsion order of students. To sign the petition, click here

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