Sunday, March 18, 2007
Bhopal Today Team
Bhopal, Mar 15: The issue of ragging shot up again after Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) expelled 8 students, accused of ragging their juniors. Though almost everyone criticises it; still the cruel practice exists in the campuses of educational institutes. Bhopal Today talked to the students and teachers to know their views about this ugly practice.
Pravlin Singh, junior student: Thrashing and slapping juniors in the name of ragging is completely wrong. Actually the tradition of introduction badly turned out to be ragging and the reason behind is lack of proper introduction between the juniors and the seniors that leads to such circumstances. We should try to create an atmosphere in the campus, which does not have junior-senior demarcation and both behave like friends and colleagues.
Sumit Irani, junior student: Our seniors' behaviour should be upright so we can hold them as our ideals. The seniors should help the juniors and make them feel comfortable in the campus. Thrashing is totally wrong.
Gaurav, junior student: I do not know much about that incident but it was not good. Instead of physical and mental torture of juniors friendly atmosphere should be created in campus. If a little bit of fun is there during introduction then there is nothing wrong in it.
Ravinder Tanwar, M Tech student: In a healthy atmosphere this is not a bad thing. It removes hesitation and childishness of the juniors. They become bold and broadminded. By ragging, the seniors want to introduce the juniors with realities of the life.
Agnivesh, M Tech student: That was not a case of ragging. It was a simply a meeting to plan fresher party. The seniors know it very well that if they were caught ragging then it would affect their career. Physical torture in the name of ragging is wrong and I am against it.
Dr OP Jain, Principal MVM College: Ragging is a distorted form of a healthy custom and it cannot be termed right. We can take it as a psychological problem. What happened yesterday was shameful.
HS Raza, Professor Chemistry: Introduction can be at zero percent tolerance level but to torture in the name of ragging cannot never be justified.
Dr Shirish Joshi, Professor Physics: Ragging is a crime in the eyes of the Government and the Supreme Court. It should be banned completely. There is need to give the seniors a proper direction and they should made to understand that juniors are like their younger brothers. Expulsion is not the correct thing to do, as it would destroy their careers.