IIT Kanpur suspends 22 BTech students for ragging freshers

IIT Kanpur suspends 22 BTech students for ragging freshers”

The suspended students had allegedly ragged their juniors in August. "The decision taken today would send a strong message to students to say no to ragging and maintain decorum", IIT-K's deputy director Manindra Agarwal told the Times of India. However, the institute opted for suspending the students, effectively "expelling" them for the duration of the suspension.

In a first of its kind decision, the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur (IIT-K) has suspended 16 students for three years and six others for a year after they were found guilty of ragging first year students who had just arrived in the campus. The decision was taken by the institution's senate, the apex decision-making body of the institution, on Monday. Later, during the investigations conducted by the probe committee it was found that the allegations levelled by the new students were true.

The senate accepted the recommendations of the committee and suspended all guilty students. They could do so after the completion of the suspension period and could even be allowed to take admission in the course, PTI reported. "However, these students will able to resume their studies only after the end of their suspension period", an official said Tuesday. In September, the IIT-K senate suspended the students from from the hostel and the ongoing session of the course.

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Action against the students was expedited after a professor wrote a blog about the incident, the HT report said.

Ragging is outlawed in Indian campuses but despite interventions from the government and the Supreme Court, fresh college entrants are often subject to days of physical and mental abuse by their seniors - a practice often dubbed as entertainment or fun.

About 30 juniors had lodged a complaint with the management that a group of senior students of Hall number 2 in the campus had forced them to do some obscene and objectionable acts during their ragging on August 19 and 20 night. Kachroo's death had sparked nation-wide outrage and protests.

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