Under fire from the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) for complaints about the lack of mental health support on campus for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes students

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay has revealed that it is now hiring one permanent Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe student counsellor for the campus.

Mental health counsellors at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay are collaborating with an external agency that works on the mental health of marginalised individuals, including those oppressed based on caste.

Days after the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NSCT) requested that IIT Bombay submit a report on the actions taken in response to allegations made by the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APPSC), a students' collective on campus

Student mentors are being trained on affirmative counselling for marginalised communities including SC/ST.

IIT Bombay Director Subhasis Chaudhuri informed the NCST of this development after the Commission sent him a notice, seeking a report on the matter within three days.

The newest measure undertaken is the decision taken in April last year of holding interaction sessions of IIT Bombay student counsellors with an external agency that is working in mental health aspects of marginalised individuals and communities

This will be an ongoing process. Responding to APPSC’s complaint from June last year alleging the SWC is ignoring caste-based issues that students from reserved categories are facing