The SC/ST Students Cell addresses academic and non-academic issues and complaints received from students belonging to the SC and ST communities. The Institute strives to ensure an environment where all communities can participate in academic and research activities without any sort of caste-based discrimination, without any sorts of other discrimination. In order to maintain such an atmosphere, the SC/ST Students Cell is also responsible for sensitizing the campus community and freeing up people from caste-biases: either conscious or sub-conscious.
The Cell aims to ensure that anti-discrimination laws in the context of caste are followed in letter and in spirit. The Institute is proud to implement reservation schemes as sanctioned by the Indian Constitution and as mandated by the Government.
In summary, the cell's objectives are broadly:
- Overall welfare of SC/ST students (for example, academics, scholarships), working together with other institute/department entities of IITB: increasing know-how/tips/guidelines about the processes/rules. Further, academic performance comparison w.r.t. the rest of the students batch-wise/year-wise is within the cell's purview.
- Sensitization of the campus community: all students, all staff-members, all faculty-members: efforts towards further enhancing inclusivity.
- Grievance and complaint handling: receiving and interacting with SC/ST students about matters related to caste-based discrimination.
How to file a caste-based discrimination complaint
The cell is where complaints by students about discrimination and/or harassment are to be brought up. We encourage students to feel free to write to the following email address. In addition to email, one can also consider filing a complaint using the link here (i.e. goo.gl/forms/F3BKMxkdGu28OGRz2) either anonymously or otherwise. The cell strives to ensure that anonymity is maintained throughout the investigation. It is a part of the procedure that once the complaint is filed, then within 48 hours, one or both conveners will set up a meeting with the student filing the complaint to explain the procedure of remedy (towards the grievance) and punishment (of the discriminator). This meeting is usually face-to-face and scheduled at the earliest after the complaint is filed.
The cell is currently convened by Prof. Bharat Adsul, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and co-convened by Profs. M.N. Belur and Laxmeesha S., Department of Electrical Engineering. See more about the cell's committee in the "Structure" tab and also our current and past active members in the "Acknowledgements" tab.
The cell welcomes any suggestions and ideas from the students to improve upon.
Core Committee Members
Designation Name Email
Associate Dean AP Prof. Suvarn S. Kulkarni email@example.com
Associate Dean SA Prof. Atul Srivastava firstname.lastname@example.org
ARP Coordinator Prof. M. P. Gururajan email@example.com
SC/ST Liason Officer Dr. S. G.Patil firstname.lastname@example.org
SWC Incharge Ms. Anisha Mathews email@example.com
General Secretary (Hostel Affairs) Mr. Pratham Kapure firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Representative Mr. Ankit Meena email@example.com
Student Representative Ms. Yashaswini P 19D070043@iitb.ac.in
Student Representative Mr. Vivek Bharti 22M1081@iitb.ac.in
Member Prof. Ramesh Bairy firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Prof. Pramod Kumar email@example.com
Cell Faculty-Advisor Prof. Pinom Ering firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell Co-convener Prof. Laxmeesha S. email@example.com
Cell Co-convenor Prof. Madhu N. Belur firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell Convenor Prof. Bharat Adsul email@example.com
Department-Level Special Faculty Advisors
Department/Centre Faculty Advisor Email
Aerospace Engineering Prof. Rajkumar S. Pant firstname.lastname@example.org
Biosciences and Bioengineering Prof. Swapnil R Shinde email@example.com
Chemistry Prof. Rajarshi Chakrabarti firstname.lastname@example.org
Chemical Engineering Prof. Swati Bhattacharya email@example.com
Civil Engineering Prof. Pinom Ering firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer Science and Engineering Prof. Bharat Adsul email@example.com
Electrical Engineering Prof. Sibiraj B. Pillai firstname.lastname@example.org
Energy Science and Engineering Prof. Sandeep Kumar email@example.com
Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Ramesh Bairy firstname.lastname@example.org
Mathematics Prof. B.K. Das email@example.com
Mechanical Engineering Prof. Rakesh Mote firstname.lastname@example.org
Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science Prof. Indradev Samajdar email@example.com
Physics Prof. P.P. Singh firstname.lastname@example.org
IDC Prof. Alka Hingorani email@example.com
SOM Prof. Rajendra Sonar firstname.lastname@example.org
CTARA Prof. Parmeshwar Udmale email@example.com
CSRE Prof. Alok Porwal firstname.lastname@example.org
CUSE Prof. Himanshu Burte email@example.com
Climate Studies Prof. Subimal Ghosh firstname.lastname@example.org
SysCon Prof. Srikant Sukumar email@example.com
DESE (Energy Science) Prof. Sandeep Kumar firstname.lastname@example.org
CRNTS Prof. Anil Kottantharayil email@example.com
ET Prof. Sridhar Iyer firstname.lastname@example.org
IEOR Prof. Jayendran Venkateswaran email@example.com
GEOS Prof. Santanu Banerjee firstname.lastname@example.org
CPS Prof. Malish C M email@example.com
ESED Prof. Amritanshu Shriwastav firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief history of our cell
Since 1990s, the institute had a "Faculty Advisor" of SC/ST students, who dealt with various difficulties faced in the context of ST students. Past faculty-advisors include Prof. Pushpa Trivedi (HSS), B.L. Tembe (Chemistry), Prof. Kushal Deb (HSS). The SC/ST students cell was formed in 2017 with the convener as Prof. Arindam Chowdhury (Chemistry). The current conveners took over from him in 2021. Since 2023, the cell has three conveners. The past faculty-advisors and the past conveners have helped the cell its steady growth, and the cell has also benefited much from various other institute functionaries: both past and present.