Chandigarh: PU students file ragging complaint against PhD scholar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2015 08:43 IST

An incident of ragging has surfaced at Panjab University (PU) after two residents of girls' Hostel No 7 alleged that they were harassed by a senior residing in same hostel.

One of the complainants is a second year student of department of law while the other is pursuing MSc in environment sciences. In their complaint, they have alleged that they are being harassed by a PhD scholar.

After receiving the complaint, the PU authorities swung into action and convened a meeting of the ragging committee to look into
the matter.

When contacted, dean students welfare (women) Prof Nandita Singh confirmed to have received a complaint of ragging. She further said that the committee is probing the matter and will submit its report in the next few days.

DSW (men) Prof Navdeep Goyal said that the university has zero tolerance towards ragging and if the allegations are found to be true then appropriate action would be taken.

Ragging is punishable and University Grants Commission (UGC) has framed stringent guidelines to root out ragging in any form from universities, colleges and other educational institutions.

Past incidents

In 2011, Sahil Gupta, a second-year student of chemical engineering, had allegedly ragged Saksham Bhatnagar, a first-year student of his department, at Hostel No 1.

Similarly in 2010, Tanuj Anand, also a student of chemical engineering, had accused four of his seniors of ragging in his Hostel No 3. Later, Tanuj also left the university.

In 2008, six students of Indian theatre department were suspended after they were found guilty of ragging junior students.

In 2007, as many as six students were suspended after complaints were received against them.

Five students from University Institute of Engineering and Technology were expelled from the hostel and the department while one student of department of chemical engineering was punished.

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