IIT Bombay 'veg only' row: Students, who protested against separate tables over vegetarian food, fined by administration. A student body has claimed that those who protested against the veg-only table policy of the hostel's canteen were fined Rs 10,000 by the administration. The IIT B administration has yet to comment on the student body's claim.
Mumbai: Vegetarian food sparks massive controversy at IIT Bombay. Protests have erupted over the provision of a separate table for vegetarian food in the canteen of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. A student organization of IIT Bombay has claimed that the administration has imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on students who protested against separating tables for vegetarian food in the hostel canteen.
Leftist student organization Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle said in a post on social media X, “IIT Bombay has imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the students. The organization said that this action was taken against those students who had protested against serving food on separate tables. He says that this action of the admin is similar to a Khap Panchayat (caste council) acting to uphold untouchability in modern times”
@iitbombay has imposed a fine of Rs 10000 on the students who had stood against the food segregation policy of the institute by a peaceful act of individual civil disobedience. This action of the admin is similar to a Khap Panchayat acting to uphold untouchability in modern times pic.twitter.com/dguRluvoV7
— APPSC IIT Bombay (@AppscIITb) October 2, 2023
The Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle is a Left-leaning student body of the institute. The IIT B administration has yet to comment on the student body’s claim.
Last week, following the controversy over setting aside tables for vegetarian students in a canteen at IIT Bombay, the ‘Mess Council’ had officially said that six tables will be reserved for vegetarians in the common canteen of three hostels.
He had also said that its compliance is necessary and if the mess team gets any information about its violation, action will be taken and fine will be imposed. According to an email sent by the Mess Council to students of hostels 12, 13 and 14 last week, such violations will be considered as disciplinary action.
“Such violations will also be considered in disciplinary action as they disrupt the harmony we aim to maintain in our dining facilities,” according to an email sent to the students of hostels 12, 13 and 14 by the Mess Council last week.