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Former DGP appointed as student ombuds of IIT-Madras

By IndianMandarins- 08 Nov 2023
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Chennai (08.11.2023): IIT- Madras has appointed former director general of police of Tamil Nadu G Thilakavathi (IPS: 1976: TN) as “Student Ombuds” to oversee and address concerns related to students’ grievances, safety, and disciplinary matters.

The appointment comes amidst several student suicides. Five students have died by suicide from February this year in IIT-M. In February, students had gone on an overnight protest against the management. They placed a list of demands and actions with IIT-M director V Kamokoti including an external expert committee to study the mental health of IIT-M students, addressing the professor- student relationship for research scholars, increasing facilities at the institute’s medical centre.

Thilakavathi will play a crucial role in fostering and nurturing an inclusive atmosphere on the campus, ensuring that students have a supportive environment for their academic and personal growth.

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