Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ragging: PU expels students for a year

Express News Service
Posted: Jan 28, 2009 at 0516 hrs IST

Chandigarh Authorities at the Panjab University have decided to expel seven students of the Theatre department for a year, for their alleged involvement in a ragging incident on the campus. While taking the final decision, which was pending for a few months now, the officials said their case would be again taken up at the time of fresh admissions.
Dean of Students Welfare, Prof Naval Kishore, confirmed the decision and added that the students have been asked to discontinue their classes. Though attempts made to convert expulsion to suspension but nothing worked out and the students were finally expelled, he said.
The decision took so long as the students who had filed the complaint went back on their statements. After this, a committee was formed to look into the matter, which had sought a legal opinion in the same. It was then decided to expel the students. Meanwhile, the students involved in the incidents had been carrying on with their regular classes as the matter remained pending.
The incident had taken place at hostel number 2 in August last year. Around seven IInd year students with a few outsiders had barged into the room of Ist year students and had allegedly ragged them. The fresher students were first asked to hurl abuses at each other and were later asked to perform obscene acts.

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