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Classes at IIT-Kharagpur suspended, director quits

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KOLKATA: Classes at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur were suspended on Monday, a day after its director Damodar Acharya resigned following violent protests outside his house by students alleging medical negligence behind the death of a collegemate.

“Dr. Acharya, who owned moral responsibility for the death, faxed his resignation to the Board of Governors on Sunday evening. The Dean, Students’ Affairs, also resigned,” IIT registrar D. Gunasekaran told The Hindu over telephone.

M. Chakraborty, deputy director, who has taken over charge of the institute, admitted that the medical facilities on the campus were inadequate to deal with emergencies.

Land allotted

“The authorities were taking steps to upgrade the medical facility and were working on a proposal to set up a multi-speciality hospital on a public-private partnership basis. We have earmarked five acres of land for such a project,” he said.

Though the authorities, in the course of meetings, were able to placate the enraged students, they decided to suspend all classes for the day in view of the developments.

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