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10 Engineering Students Accused of Ragging Banned from Appearing in Exams in Odisha University
A viral video purportedly showed that junior students were made to dance by holding their ears. It also displayed a junior student's shirt being ripped off by a senior.
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Sambalpur: Ten students of the state-run Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) in Odisha's Sambalpur district have been debarred from appearing in any examination for one year on the charge of ragging their juniors.
VSSUT, located at Burla town, has also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each on 52 other students as per a decision taken by the disciplinary committee of the institute on Thursday night, the university said in a statement on Friday.
The authorities of the university swung into action after the state government on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the alleged incident of ragging of junior students by seniors on the basis of a video that went viral on social media.
The video purportedly showed that junior students were made to dance by holding their ears. It also displayed a junior student's shirt being ripped off by a senior. The ragging took place at a function that was organised to welcome junior students.
The university said the vice chancellor rushed to hostels with the deans, senior professors and wardens of the hostels after watching the video.
The wardens identified ten students from the video. In addition, all the accused students confessed that they had ragged the juniors, the release said, adding, ten students have been prohibited from appearing in any examination for one year.
"During investigation, it was observed that 52 other boarders volunteered to be accused with the ten identified boarders. The committee decided to penalise all 52 with a fine of Rs 2,000 each with immediate effect," the release said.
An act of ragging in VSSUT had also come to light in August last year and varsity authorities had initiated action against 20 students.
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