Savitribai Phule Pune University has directed MIT College of Engineering to look into a complaint of a second-year student that he was ragged and take action.
The 19-year-old student and his parents met Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo Gade on Saturday following which a letter was sent by the university seeking information regarding the atrocities the student was allegedly made to face. The issue had also been raised by an MP in the Lok Sabha last week.
Speaking with Newsline, Gade said the college has been asked to take action under the Anti-Ragging Act.
“The victim narrated abuses he is said to have faced. The demands he submitted are being forwarded to the college. We have asked the college to provide us with point-wise information about related queries,” he said.
The student said that the college management was being lenient to the three who allegedly ragged him.
“The three students have still not been expelled from college. One of the accused has good relations with higher-ups in MIT management told me he and his two associates would be spared by the college. I have stopped attending classes out of fear. While police have filed an FIR and the matter is sub-judice, the college should take stringent action against the students concerned,” the complainant said.
MIT college principal Dr L K Kshirsagar said he would reply to the letter by Monday. Refuting allegations of shielding anyone for facing any pressure from the management to hush up the matter, Kshirsagar said those found guilty would be punished.
“There is no question of protecting anyone. We will ensure justice for the student who has complained of ragging. We have conducted an inquiry and did not find anything conclusive. Therefore, no action was taken against anybody,” he said.
In October, three Polymer Science students of MIT, Kothrud were booked by Kothrud police for allegedly ragging a classmate for almost two months. The 19-year-old lodged a complaint after the college authorities allegedly failed to take action as prescribed by the anti-ragging laws.
As per the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1999, whoever directly or indirectly commits, participates in, abets or propagates ragging within or outside any educational institution, shall, on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years and be liable to pay a fine of up to Rs 10,000.