Dehradun: In a move that sparked celebrations in IIT Roorkee campus, the Institute on Monday took back all the 72 students it had expelled for underperformance.
Last month, the institute in an unprecedented move struck off 73 of its first year B.tech students as they failed to secure the minimal Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.
One of the students, however, had his expulsion nullified after it was found on re-checking that he had a CGPA of more than 5, as mandated by the institute's rules.
Seventy-two students, though, were out in the cold. Their problems were later compounded after the Uttarakhand high court, which they had petitioned, upheld the institute's decision.
"All students who have less than 5 CGPA at the end of the first year of the undergraduate programme (Btech) will be re-admitted as a one-time measure, but on strict conditions." Registrar at IIT-Roorkee and secretary, senate, Prashant Garg told reporters.
"The decision by the senate has been taken in the students' favour after many deliberations," said a senior official at the institute.
"The students, however, will have to get themselves registered on or before August 10 and their attendance will be counted from the date of registration. Every single student will have to agree in writing to all the conditions before being re-admitted."
These "conditions" entail that all the 72 students whose names were struck off the rolls of the institute on July 8 shall be put on academic probation throughout the first year.
They will also have to repeat the year and will be bound to clear again all the courses of both autumn and spring semesters of the first year, besides maintaining a minimum attendance of 75% in every subject.
Other conditions that have been put includes: there shall be no backlog in any subject in either of the semesters at the end of the first year and students will have to obtain a CGPA of more than or equal to 5.