‘Ragging’: 22 students leave IIT Kanpur, urge senate to review decision

A top official at the IIT said it was up to the senate to consider or reject the request of the students. If the request is turned down, the students can only return to the institute after the suspension period was over.

Written by Avneesh Mishra | Kanpur | Published: October 13, 2017 3:18 am
iit kanpur, iit news, iit kanpur ragging, indian institute of technology, iit, iit kanpur, ragging, iit students, kanpur news, uttar pradesh news, education news, indian express Only 22 students faced action, as only their names were mentioned in the complaint, sources said. Among the 22, 16 have been suspended for three years and six for a year.

TWO DAYS after 22 BTech second-year students from IIT-Kanpur were suspended, following their alleged involvement in the ragging of freshers, the suspended students on Wednesday left the hostel while requesting the institute’s senate — comprising all professors and student representatives — to review its decision.

A top official at the IIT said it was up to the senate to consider or reject the request of the students. If the request is turned down, the students can only return to the institute after the suspension period was over.

While the decision of suspension was taken on October 9 at a senate meeting, the minutes of the meeting are yet to be made available by the institute. Only 22 students faced action, as only their names were mentioned in the complaint, sources said. Among the 22, 16 have been suspended for three years and six for a year.

Amid this, the president of the student gymkhana at the IIT, an elected student representative, resigned on moral grounds on October 10.

“The incident related to the ragging of freshers, which happened in August… the matter first went to the Dean of Student Affairs (DOSA). Later, an inquiry was conducted by the Senate Students Affairs Committee (SSAC), headed by DOSA and comprising eight to nine members, including student representatives. The probe report recommended to the senate, on September 21, to take action against the 22 students,” said Registrar K K Tiwari. Both the senate and SSAC have student representatives.

“The senate had observed that the students should be given a chance to explain their side… However, to make sure that the 22 senior students cannot influence the investigation in any way, they were suspended,” he added.

“On October 8, the seniors and first-year students were asked present their side one by one. The next day, the senate took the decision at a meeting that went on for 12 to 13 hours,” Tiwari said. He added that on September 21, the senate had conveyed to the institute that the identity of all students — the seniors and the freshers who lodged the complaint — has to be protected.

“The students can return to the IIT after their suspension period is over. The point of this decision is to make the students better persons,” Tiwari said.

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  1. Chandan Bhowmick
    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:27 am
    Three years suspension is too much.This will ruin the career.Hope authority will reduce the punishment period to one year
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    1. Faku Faking
      Oct 15, 2017 at 8:06 pm
      They should be totally thrown out from the iit as they do not deserve it.
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        Suneet Sood
        Oct 16, 2017 at 4:45 am
        If they did actually do the ragging, then three years is okay. It will slow but not ruin their careers. And it will send a message. Much better than a three-minute suspension. (I'm presuming that they were suspended after appropriate investigation.)
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        An urban
        Oct 14, 2017 at 6:29 pm
        I wish these bad role models need to be paid in the currency they understand, not just suspension! In some university in earlier days some siginificant per cent marks were deducted from their test scores! Same can be tested here! No excuse of reservation in punishment. They must feel the pain themselves! Sam
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          V.Rajagopal
          Oct 14, 2017 at 2:02 pm
          We do not want this type of student in IITs. They should guide the fresher sharing notes, helping purchase of immediate rewuirements of fresher's and do many more like this. To me, ragging is anti social activities and certainly this should be eliminated in college campuses. After all IITs are heavily funded by GOI. Suspension is only a piece of paper. The ragging students should be sent to community service for one month. Helping farmers, controlling traffic etc. Need innovative ideas to deal with this type of students.
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            P K RAY
            Oct 14, 2017 at 5:21 am
            The basic discipline and at ude of people whether student or working once adult needs maturity unlike only scoring in examinations. The decency and camaraderie needs utmost practice. I have been through 5 years in IIT Kanpur with all such matter like ragging but never ever indecency have been a part to it. Too much pampering by parents with too much good things looks fundamental rule like Ragging is an offence was put in dustbin. Introducing each other in hostel is a socialization does not call for stripping. The legal angle of IPC kept aside itself is a blessing. The tendency to claim majority is always right - the myth is also broken. At home basic discipline needs to go on mind deeply as liberty of breaking rules soon land you in trouble. Suggest no mercy to be shown as everyday news are coming spoil brat driving rich dad's car killing innocent in street. Society needs to get a wake up call - Red Line of Life must not be crossed. Hope this news will make others aware.
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              yk
              Oct 13, 2017 at 10:19 pm
              in india if it is not religion or dowry then ragging will definitely claim victims. and i thought indians have progressed in their thinking since the independence.
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