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’26/11 not funny, sir’ — Institute orders probe after teacher calls Muslim student ‘terrorist’

In a 45-second clip, which has now gone viral, a student from Karnataka's Manipal Institute of Technology can be seen confronting his teacher in front of his classmates.

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Bengaluru: A probe has been initiated by the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) in Karnataka’s Udupi district after a purported video of a teacher referring to a Muslim student as ‘terrorist’ emerged on social media.

In the 45-second clip, uploaded by several users on Twitter, the engineering student, whose name has been withheld, can be seen confronting his teacher in front of his classmates.

According to reports, the teacher allegedly referred to the student as “Kasab”, referring to Ajmal Kasab, one of the 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists captured after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and executed in 2012.

“26/11 was not funny, sir. Being a Muslim in this country and facing all this everyday is not funny,” the student can allegedly be heard saying.

The teacher apologises for his comment and says the student was like his son.

“No no, if my father says this, I will disown him,” the student responds.

“You’re a professional, you’re teaching. You can’t call me that. Sorry doesn’t change how you think or how you portray yourself here,” the student is heard saying.

Terming the incident “condemnable”, the university authorities said an enquiry committee, including the vice chancellor and other top-ranking officials of the institute, has been initiated to look into the allegations.

“It came to our notice yesterday, at midnight, and today an inquiry committee has been set up,” S.P. Kar, director-PR, media and head of the Social Media Cell at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, told The Print.

He added that students of more than 60 nationalities are currently pursuing various courses at the university.

“We have told the faculty not to take any classes and told (them) that we will take suitable action as per our zero tolerance policy,” Kar added. He also said that the student was being counselled.

MIT also released a statement Monday evening saying the institute “prides itself with one of the biggest diversity on campus and is committed to uphold our constitutional values of treating everyone alike, irrespective of their caste, religion, region, gender, etc”.

Illustrious alumni

Udupi, which is Karnataka’s most literate district, was at the centre of the hijab-saffron scarf controversy earlier this year.

Barely three kilometres from the MIT campus is also the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College that became a hotbed of clashes between students during the hijab crisis.

MIT boasts of an illustrious alumni that includes chief executives of multinational corporations like Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Rajeev Suri of Nokia Siemens Networks and Michelin-rated chef Vikas Khanna, among others.

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