Sunday, August 26, 2007

[IE] Ragging: Cept takes action against students

Ahmedabad, August 25 Days after National Students Council of India (NSUI) made allegations against university authorities for not taking action against senior students for ragging other students, Cept University announced disciplinary action against its students except First Year students on Saturday.

Neelkanth Chhaya, Spokesperson of the university said, “The students who were interviewed said that everybody was responsible because of which we couldn’t take action against specific students.” He further said, “We interviewed more than 90 students and found that a social event was held in which students presented a skit, song and a dance. However, there was no coercion done by students in the event. “

In the findings of the Committee’s report that was discussed on Friday by the Executive Committee members before the students and their respective parents, the punishments were meted out separately to the students’ council members and students body. The present Students Council will be disbanded and members debarred from holding any office this academic year.

The Executive Council also decided to debar the students’ council members from prizes, if they are entitled for any, for this academic year apart from participating in social service.

The university has also charted out disciplinary action on students body of Cept undergraduate programmes, as per which they will have to perform social service through a ‘Community Environment Improvement Project’ at schools and hospitals that are deficient in facilities.

The university had set up a Committee to look after the allegations made by the NSUI of certain senior students ragging new-entrants in full knowledge of university authorities.

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