In an unprecedented partisan act, the National Institute of Technology-Calicut (NITC) hosted an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) program, masquerading it as a club event, alleged the Students Affairs Council of the institute.
NIT Calicut Director Prof. Prasad Krishna and other faculties shared the dias with the state leadership of ABVP during the program. ABVP is the student wing of the Hindu militant group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
“It has come to the notice of SAC, upon the request from General Students Body, that NIT Calicut hosted an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) event named SEIL (Students Experience in Interstate Living) on 8th February 2022 at 11.20 AM at Aryabhatta Hall under the banner of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Club. Student code of conduct of our institute strictly bans political activities within the campus premises,” read a mail by SAC to the NIT Director and other top authorities.
The NIT authorities have organized the program by concealing facts about the event, alleged the Students Affairs Council.
The EBSB club coordinator removed ABVP’s name from the brochure sent to the NITC community, the mail pointed out.
“We are extremely sad to say that the general student body of the institute was fooled into believing that the program does not have any political affiliation. The Director of our institute and the DSW were part of the program, along with the state secretary of ABVP on the dias. The director even mentioned ABVP in his address,” SAC alleged.
According to institute rules, “politically based students’ groups and other organizations or outfits are not allowed inside the campus,” and “students are strictly prohibited from organizing, attending or participating in any activity or agitation sponsored by politically based organizations.”
In their mail, the Students Affairs Council of the institute asked for an explanation from NITC Director and other authorities.