IIT Madras appoints ‘Student Ombuds’ to address student concerns
- Campus Updates
- 08 Nov, 2023
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) Board of Governors has appointed G. Thilakavathi IPS, former Director General of Police (DGP), Tamil Nadu, as ‘Student Ombuds’.
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, the institute said in a statement. “The ‘Student Ombuds’ appointment marks the institute’s commitment in maintaining a safe campus environment while ensuring that the well-being of students are protected,” IIT-M added.
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.
In her role as Student Ombuds, G. Thilakavthi IPS will be overseeing and addressing concerns related to student grievances, safety, and disciplinary matters. Through her role, she will responsible for fostering and nurturing an inclusive atmosphere on the campus, ensuring that students have a supportive environment for their academic and personal growth.
She will work closely with the students and extend support to them. The institute administration will also liaise close with the Student Ombuds and ensure that grievances are resolved in a time-bound manner.
“IIT Madras has always prioritized the welfare and safety of our students, and Ms. Thilakavathi’s appointment as Student Ombuds underscores our commitment to enhancing the overall experience of our students while providing them with a trusted authority to turn to in times of need,” said Prof. V. Kamakoti, director of IIT Madras. “She will work closely with the institute to ensure students’ concerns are heard and addressed promptly and fairly. We are committed to continue to create a safe and nurturing campus environment that empowers students to excel in both their academic and personal pursuits.”