"As per the guidelines in force, student bodies cannot use the name of IIT Madras or its official entities in any capacity to publicise their activities or garner support without official permission," Prof Ramamurthy, Acting Director, told reporters here.

"This group has violated the guidelines while conducting their meeting," he said without elaborating. A separate statement by the institute added that while IIT-M does not 'curtail' students' freedom of expression, "it is expected that student groups adhere to these guidelines while conducting their activities." The institute's response comes in the wake of reports that the student group 'Ambedkar Periyar Students Circle' (APSC) was "derecognised" following an allegation that it was instigating hatred against the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, which forwarded a complaint made by some students about the APSC to the institute, has so far refused to react on the issue.

Asked about complaints that the students concerned were not given a hearing to present their case, Ramamurthy cited the dean of students had asked them to appear before the Board of Students in August after the institute, closed for the summer vacations, reopens.

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