IIT Bombay issues new guidelines for hosting events on campus
In response to recent controversies surrounding events organised by the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) department, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has issued new guidelines for hosting events on campus.
The institute has introduced an ‘external speaker review committee’ to approve speakers from outside the institute, particularly for events with potential political implications.
The guidelines specify that the external speaker review committee, appointed by the institute director, will vet external speakers. It says, faculty members hosting events must provide detailed information, including speaker bios, abstracts of talks, public links, and recorded materials for review.
The document emphasises the need for apolitical engagement on campus, stating that IIT Bombay encourages open discussions but must remain apolitical to uphold its primary mission. Any violation of defamation rules or acts of indiscipline, including participation in controversial events, may lead to disciplinary action.