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Questioning Excellence

Expelling 73 Students in IIT Roorkee

The recent expulsion of 73 students by IIT Roorkee and the subsequent decision to allow re-examination following the orders of the Uttarakhand High Court has ramifications far beyond the ambit of education—almost all of these students belong to the reserved categories. Can one take away in the name of autonomy and merit what one gives in the name of social justice?

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee had expelled 73 students for under performance, of which 90 % belonged to reserved categories. Later they were allowed to take a re-examination following the Uttarakhand High Court's order. The initial move by the IIT cannot be restricted to the single act of expulsion from an institution of higher education—it has wider ramifications. This act can be replicated by any other educational institution, in any other sphere. The question that needs to be asked is this—can one take away in the name of autonomy/merit what one enables by way of social justice?

Reservation and Merit

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