Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ragging: NIT suspends four Kozhikode:

After sitting on the report submitted by an inquiry committee on the ragging that took place on the campus, the director of the National Institute of Technology, Dr M.N.Bandyopadhyay, finally signed the suspension order of four students.

The decision was taken three months after the report was submitted. The director signed the report on January 25, and the very next day Deccan Chronicle carried a story on the unusual lethargy in initiating action.

 The delay was unusual on the campus, which is otherwise known for devising strict measures against ragging, said NIT sources. The inquiry committee found that the four students against whom the allegations were levelled had violated Section 6 of the Students Conduct and Disciplinary Code 2007, of the institute. Following the recommendations of the committee, K. Vamsi Mohan and P. Pradeep Kumar have been suspended for two semesters, B. Sai Kiran Rao for one semester and Pannars Hareesh has been given a two-month suspension.

The students are not to enter the hostels or campus during the period. Going by the report, a bunch of first year students were subjected to serial-ragging by second year students in the hostel, on the campus and cricket ground for several days.

 Both the victims and the perpetrators were students from Andhra Pradesh. On receiving complaints from first year students, an inquiry committee was formed to look into the issue immediately. Dr P.S. Sathidevi, head of the department of electronics and communication engineering at NIT, headed the seven-member inquiry committee. The committee submitted the report to the director in November, 2012.

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