Bhubaneswar, August 23 (LocalWire): Cracking down heavily against the incident of ragging, authorities at the Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology in Burla, Sambalpur district, have debarred ten senior students from taking the examination for a year and levied penalties on 52 students on charges of mass ragging of juniors in the campus.
“The charges were corroborated against the students and accordingly disciplinary action was initiated against them as per the direction of a high-level committee constituted for the purpose,” registrar of the technology university Upama Kalo told the LocalWire.
“Those who had masterminded the ragging have been debarred from appearing in the examination while 52 others who abetted it have been slapped a penalty of Rs 2,000 each,” Kalo said adding that the university has set up patrolling squads comprising university teachers and staffs to keep a tab on ragging in the hostels.
The alleged ragging in the campus happened during midnight hours on Wednesday and the second-year students were allegedly forced to dance in semi-nude condition with provocative gestures before a group of senior students. The government had yesterday ordered a probe into the incident.
The unsavory episode came to light when the video of the campus ragging went viral on the social media.
“The government continues to maintain zero-tolerance stance towards ragging in campus and it is mandatory for students enrolling in higher educational institutions to submit anti-ragging affidavits in accordance with the Supreme Court ruling in the matter,” Odisha Skill Development and Technical Education minister Premanda Nayak said.