Chennai: Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) has reportedly ordered to remove the controversial posters from a mess of the varsity which segregated students on the basis of their choice (veg/non-veg) of food. Notably, a row was erupted after posters earmarking separate entry, exit points and wash basins for vegetarian and non-vegetarian students appeared at the mess of the IIT-M.

One of the pictures of the poster circulated on social media read “Hand Wash Vegetarian Students” while another said,”Winter vacation mess – food arrangements. Entry/exit non vegetarian food students.”

Soon after the row, Nihal K, secretary of hotel affairs issued a clarification mail and said, “It has been brought to the attention that a certain poster detailing an area of the wash basin be earmarked for vegetarian students was found in RRC mess, Himalaya. The caterer has been instructed to remove the poster immediately upon its discovery by the Mess Monitoring Committee (MMC),” a leading portal quoted Nihal K, secretary of hotel affairs as saying.

“The same has been undertaken by the caterer on their own volition and was not a directive given by the MMC. In due course of time, action will be taken against the caterer after an inquiry into the incident. It has also been noted that concerns have been raised regarding two entrances to the mess. The entrances have been provided that way so as to make the passage to each counter easier, and not to restrict passage from one to another, or differentiate students in any capacity. The posters have been removed from the facility as soon as the error was pointed out. Apologies for any inconveniences caused,” New Indian Express quoted Nihal further.

Meanwhile, a research scholar alleged that what started as a demand for a mess catering to ‘pure’ vegetarians last year had now become full-fledged untouchability’.  “This is the first time a mess has two separate entrances for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Not just that, even separate wash basins and separate utensils as well,” the student, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

(With inputs from agencies)