Hunger Strike at IITKgp
to protest delay in director’s appointment

Factuly members and alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) will go on a hunger strike on July 17, to protest against the inordinate delay in confirming professor Partha Pratim Chakrabarti’s appointment as the next director.

In July 2012, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) constituted search-cum-selection committee selected Prof. Chakrabarti to be IIT Kharagpur’s director but Prof. Chakrabarti’s appointment is pending Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) clearance.

“IIT Kharagpur’s Board of Governors has cleared Prof. Chakrabarti once in March 2012 and again in March 2013 of any wrongdoing. CVC is still holding on to the clearance due to unknown reasons, even though the CVC rules specify cases must be resolved within two months of filing a defence statement,” IIT-Kgp said in a statement.

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