CHENNAI: State Congress today hailed the IIT-Madras' decision to lift the ban imposed on a student group and claimed that the step came in the wake of nation-wide protests against the premier institute.
"IIT Madras has revoked the ban on the directions of Union HRD Ministry after nation-wide protests intensified. I welcome the decision on behalf of TNCC," TNCC President EVKS Elangovan said in a statement here.
He said Congress Vice- President Rahul Gandhi had condemned the move even as the party's SC Wing had staged a protest in the city.
Earlier, DMK had welcomed IIT-M revoking the ban on Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC), saying opposition from political parties had prompted the institute to act in favour of the students' body.
Political parties including DMK, Congress and the Left had slammed the institute over the issue.