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Former cop appointed student ombudsperson at IIT Madras

November 8, 2023

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) Board of Governors has appointed G Thilakavathi (IPS), the former Director General of Police as ‘Student Ombuds’.

Thilakavathi previously served as the DGP in Tamil Nadu. According to college authorities, the ‘Student Ombuds’ appointment is a reflection of the institute’s commitment towards “maintaining a safe campus environment while ensuring that the well-being of students are protected”.

Thilakavthi has been entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing and addressing concerns related to student grievances, safety, and disciplinary matters. Alongside, she 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.

Speaking about the appointment, Prof V Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “We have always prioritized the welfare and safety of our students, and 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.”

He added, “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.”

The Student Ombuds will be with the students and extend support to them. The institute administration will also liaise closely with the Student Ombuds and ensure that grievances are resolved in a time-bound manner.

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