Guwahati: Several incidents of ragging of fresher students in Assam’s top educational institutes have come to the fore in recent times forcing the state government to intervene.
A day after the case of ragging at Dibrugarh University in which one student jumped off the hostel building to avoid ragging and injuring himself critically, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma ordered strict actions not only against the erring students but also against the university authority for failing to check the such incident.
On Tuesday too, two more incidents of ragging surfaced. While two postgraduate students of Assam Medical College (AMC) in Dibrugarh were expelled for six months for allegedly ragging on November 21, another student from Jorhat’s Jagannath Barooah (JB) college alleged that he was mentally and physically tortured which ultimately led him to leave the college hostel.
Besides, many other students in the state were also taking to their social media accounts to describe the ordeal they had faced while studying in the name of ragging.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said, “State government has taken a zero tolerance attitude towards any incident of ragging in educational institutes. Not only the students who are involved in such activities will be penalized, officials including the vice-chancellor would be examined if they tried to cover up such incidents. No one will be spared.”
In the Assam Medical College (AMC) incident, the two postgraduate students who were suspended from the institute were identified as Sayan Mukherjee and Saket Saraf, both from the Orthopedics department.
As per an AMC official, “On the basis of the report of the anti-ragging committee, the postgraduate students of the department of Orthopedics, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh were found guilty of harassing junior Postgraduate students both physically and mentally, which is gross misconduct. As per disciplinary actions, the duo was suspended from attending classes and academic privileges for six months.”
Similarly, in the other incident of ragging in Jorhat’s JB College, one student Pranab Chutia alleged that he was subjected to both physical and mental torture by his seniors in the hostel. He said, “Seniors didn’t allow me to sleep and every afternoon they gave me punishments. I could not focus on my academics since I found it to be absolutely unbearable.”
“I had to leave the hostel because there was no respite from the ragging”, he added.
The incidents of ragging in these top educational institutes started to make rounds following the incident at Dibrugarh University in which one Commerce stream student Anand Sharma jumped from the two-storey building of the hostel at the varsity campus on Sunday after he faced extreme mental and physical harassment by the seniors for more than 12 hours.
He was currently undergoing treatment in ICU at a private hospital in Dibrugarh. Meanwhile, the authorities of Dibrugarh University on Monday rusticated at least 18 students on their alleged role in this incident. Police have also arrested five accused students involved in this case. The district’s Deputy Commissioner (DC) has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the ragging incident at Dibrugarh University.
CM Sarma said, “The state cabinet today expressed its displeasure over the manner in which Dibrugarh University has dealt with the case. Police have been asked to find out if there was any fault from the varsity authority too. ”
Earlier, a third-year mechanical engineering student from Assam was found dead in his hostel room at the IIT Kharagpur last month. The Calcutta High Court, hearing a petition filed by victim Faizan Ahmed’s parents, had come down heavily on the premier institute while observing his death to be a case of ragging.