The Ahmedabad based National Institute of Design (NID) has said it has "temporarily" suspended three students because there were complaints of ragging against them.
On Friday, a new student complained the three seniors used bad language at him and forced him to smoke cigarettes. Subsequently, he identified the three, who were students of product design and exhibition design. The alleged offenders have been debarred from entering the hostel premises and the academic buildings of the institute.
The three students would be allowed to continue their studies if the allegations against them were proved false, the institute said.
“A seven-member anti-ragging committee has been directed to look into the allegations … The committee will give its report in 10 days,” institute registrar Vijya Deshmukh said.
“We are strictly against ragging at the institute and have posted extra security guards at the lobby, where the juniors stay. The senior students have been (directed) not to go to the new students’ rooms after 11 pm,” Deshmukh said.
The institute has also asked juniors to report to the authorities if any senior student misbehaved with them.
The design institute admitted around 100 students this year at its Ahmedabad campus.