Thursday, September 12, 2013

Double trouble for Bakatullah University Institute of Technology, student files ragging plaint

 BHOPAL: Nothing seems to be going right for Bakatullah University Institute of Technology (BUIT) these days. Two days after students raised a stink over poor lab facilities and shortage of faculty, institute authorities have another problem on their plate on Friday.

A first year mechanical engineering student of the institute registered a complaint against seniors on the UGC helpline. Incidentally, it is the fourth time in a week's time when a student from Bhopal registered a complaint of ragging on the UGC helpline. Earlier, three students of MANIT filed complaints of ragging on the UGC helpline.

 In his complaint, BUIT student highlighted juniors were being mentally and physically harassed. He claimed that second year students are also making juniors' life miserable on the campus and in hostels. "I was asked to do unnecessary things. When I refused I was beaten up," said the student without quoting his name. In his complaint, student said though scared, he was ready to identify seniors who had beaten him. He has requested authorities to take necessary steps at the earliest.

 A junior student, on condition of anonymity, said, "Complaint by a student on UGC helpline is not surprising. Ragging in BUIT is common for many years. There is no one to take care of junior students." Sources said, ragging took place in Jawahar hostel. Despite repeated efforts by UGC helpline, vice-chancellor Professor Nisha Dubey and registrar Dr Sanjay Tiwari could not be contacted as their cell-phones were switched off.

Efforts by TOI to contact the two authorities also proved futile. Barkatullah University, late in the night, issued a press note claiming that there was no incident of ragging on the campus

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