Roorkee, Uttarakhand. Public outrage has been growing after some newspapers published “revealing” pictures of some IIT students holding test tubes in an “obscene” manner in their laboratory. Even though students claim that what happened was a “normal” activity in a chemistry lab, protestors have been gathering outside the institution demanding strict action against the “vulgar” and “depraved” students.
“What crap are they talking about?” a protestor belonging to Hindu Jagran Manch said, “the only thing I ever hold in that manner is my ummm… you know… in toilet… that thing down there… between my legs yaar. As cultured Indians, we must not name that in public.”
Protestors belonging to similar groups have accused the students of knowingly indulging in activity that was “suggestive” and “in bad taste”. But IIT students differ.
“Oh come on. Have they ever gone to a chemistry lab?” asked Amit Pandey, a second year Chemical Engineering student at IIT Roorkee, “Oh my god, I don’t know how they would react when they see us shaking the tube to mix the chemicals well!”
“LOL! I can’t believe this man,” said Sameer, a final year student at the institute, “I never thought on those lines even though I’m about to complete my studies here. Seriously, that’s the first thing that came to their mind when they saw that? Losers!”
IIT administration has not reacted to the development yet and refused to talk to our correspondent, but the state government has ordered an enquiry into this “serious matter”.
“We have seen the pictures, and they are really bad. A national debate should take place if students are learning the ‘right’ things in chemistry labs. I’m going to write a letter to the union HRD Minister soon in this regard,” Uttarakhand Education Minister Govind Singh Bisht said.
Sources suggest that IIT administration might change the shape of test tubes to respect the national feelings.