Monday, August 06, 2007

[ToI] Four students of mining tech expelled for ragging

DHANBAD: The management of Indian School of Mines University (ISMU), Dhanbad, India's only mining technology institution, has expelled four students following a complaint by a first-year student.

A day after their expulsion, the management on Saturday asked the four third-semester students — Sahil Arora and Ashish Yadav of mineral engineering, Setu Goyal of environmental engineering and Mrigansh Mishra of petroleum engineering — to vacate the hostel immediately.

First-year student Piyush Kumar had lodged a complaint with ISMU authorities against the four for physically torturing him in the name of ragging on Thursday. The ISMU management then constituted a four-member team comprising ISMU dean of students welfare P R Gupta, dean of academic research R Venugopal, dean of planning and design A Chattopadhyay and registrar P S Shidhu to probe the incident.

Gupta, who headed the probe team, told TOI the punishment wasn't harsh. "We followed the HRD ministry guidelines, and the instructions of the SC. The police were insisting on arresting them. We hadn't called the police to the campus. We told the police that ISMU was not in favour of their arrest," he said.

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