A video of Seema Singh, associate professor of Humanities and Social science in the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has created huge controversy among the users of social media as she could be heard abusing the students during a virtual class. On seeing her repeatedly calling the students as “Bloody B@$*@*#” in the video, students and public demanded a termination.
She allegedly called the students of a preparatory class as “Bloody B@$@#” for unknown reasons. It is a class where a batch of students from Scheduled castes/Scheduled tribes and persons with disability categories attend in order to get qualified for a seat in IIT next year. The class is conducted because the above mentioned students couldn’t get a direct admission to IIT through JEE advanced.
It is reported that Seema Singh behaved that way after believing that students didn’t stand up for national anthem. A student who attended the class said that the professor assumed that students didn’t stand up for national anthem and started yelling at them. He said that everyone did stand for the national anthem and added that it not the way to treat students even if they fail to stand up. The professor is also heard calling the students “shameless”.
How are students from oppressed/minority backgrounds expected to study in premier institutes of higher education when this is the treatment they receive? The professor is brazenly abusing them AND their parents.— Azhar (@lonelyredcurl) April 26, 2021
Would she have found this confidence if this weren't the norm? pic.twitter.com/pSVak563gD
Most institutes have retained their previous fee structure for online classes even while operating costs have fallen drastically. Some have even hiked fees during the lockdown period (for example, NID).— Azhar (@lonelyredcurl) April 26, 2021
Higher education is being fenced off for the upper caste-upper class folks. pic.twitter.com/pjiJuFNtI2
The student community of IIT Kharagpur shared the video on the Facebook page and released a statement saying that the professor overreacts lot in her classes and abuses the students and their parents. National commission of scheduled castes along with the ministry of human resource and development described the abuses as “casteist”.
One of the videos showed the professor dubbing a student as “silly” after he asked permission to take leave through mail reasoning his grand father’s demise. “Nothing can prevent me from what I have to do to you” she tells the students after daring the students to report her.
The videos from the virtual class of Seema Singh are making headlines and social media users are condemning the act of her.
Seema Singh, professor from IIT Kharagpur has been found to be abusing SC/ST students on camera during an online class. This is exactly what happens off camera as well in all "premiere" Indian educational institutes.— Hoopoe (@hoopoe_is_here) April 26, 2021
Totally intolerable & shocking news from IIT Kharagpur, once again SC, ST student now suffering from threatening, abusive languages, stop it right now, Prof. Seema Singh should be removed immediately. #End_Casteism_In_IIT— Hansraj Meena (@HansrajMeena) April 26, 2021
Dalit and Adivasi students were mistreated vulgarly for caste by a faculty member Seema Singh of #IITKharagpur in an online class— Dr. J Aslam Basha (@JAslamBasha) April 26, 2021
Immediate action must be taken against her under #POA_Act.
Strongly condemn this type of harrasment exercised by an IIT Prof.#End_Casteism_In_IIT pic.twitter.com/9Rx8GTn19W
When oppressed caste students are struggling to survive the cruel pandemic &Coping with online teaching,it is these Vile Casteist professor's like seema singh of IIT Kharagpur amplify the agony of Dalit Adivasi Bahujans.#End_Casteism_in_IIT— 𝙏𝙀𝘼𝙈 𝙍𝙊𝙒𝘿𝙔 🥀 (@GauravNiralaCG) April 26, 2021
Registrar Tamal nath said that he got an email few hours ago in this regard and assured that IIT do not support such language. “We will take some action” he said according to The Hindu.