BAFFLED OVER the fact that consecutive chairpersons have resigned from the committee formed to probe an alleged ragging incident at Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) college in October 2014, vice-chancellor Wasudeo Gade blamed the situation for the delay in probe.
Stating that he has appointed a fresh committee only last month, which is the fourth-such committee, he said that he couldn’t understand why the chairpersons were stepping down.
Over one-and-half years have passed since a 19-year-old engineering student complained of ragging at MIT college in October 2014 and filed a police complaint against four students.
Later, on basis of a report by Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) on the incident, which confirmed the ragging case and blamed the institute, officials at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) were forced to set up a committee in August 2015 to decide what action should be taken against the institution and the four accused students under the University Grant Commission Act, Maharashtra Universities Act and Anti-Ragging Act.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a press conference to announce the varsity’s 67th Foundation Day which will be celebrated on February 10, Gade said that he is hoping for some results soon as a month has passed since the fourth committee has been appointed. “The present committee comprises three principals of different city colleges,” he added.
Amongst senior academicians, who were earlier appointed to head the committee and who resigned later, include two former management council members, Vilas Kharat and MG Chaskar.