Students of New York University’s NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering are displeased with a sudden school name change following a $100 million donation from NYU trustee Chandrika Tandon and her husband Ranjan Tandon.
On Monday, NYU simultaneously announced the generous contribution and the name change — effective immediately — of the engineering school to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Despite an initially positive response to the donation, students have since spoken up en masse rejecting the dropping of “Polytechnic” as a disconnect with the school’s roots, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Merged with NYU in 2014, the Downtown Brooklyn school was originally founded as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute in 1854. Over the course of its 161-year history, the school has changed its name a total of six times.
“We used to be our own school, and NYU keeps reminding us we’re not anymore,” student Robert Kellett told the Journal.
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