Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bengal Engineering and Science University suspends six students for ragging 

KOLKATA: The Bengal Engineering and Science University on Friday suspended six third-year students after a group of juniors accused them of ragging. They have been asked to leave the campus and the hostel immediately.

 Governor M K Narayanan - the chancellor - had visited the prestigious campus only on Thursday. A complaint sent anonymously by some first-year students to the Besu professor in charge of student affairs said they were being asked to pay donations for an event organized by third-year seniors. By noon the complain reached Besu vice-chancellor A K Ray, who has set an example in the state by virtually eliminating ragging from the campus with his innovative ways of handling students.

An inquiry started immediately and the faculty members found the complaints to be true. "We have taken serious cognizance of the incident and have treated the matter as ragging. We suspended all the six senior students who were found to be guilty and have asked them to vacate their hostels till further orders. Another inquiry will be conducted," Ray told TOI.

 Some students and faculty members felt that this was not a clear case of ragging as the money was being collected for fun, in which the juniors would have been involved too. But the key factor was that the freshers were allegedly being forced to pay up.

 "We are not going to let our guard down when it comes to any kind of coercion. These senior students wanted to have fun purely at the expense of juniors and that cannot be tolerated," Ray said with finality. The governor had inaugurated a swimming pool and a six-storey building on Thursday.

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