The students from the B.Sc (Hons) Agriculture were allegedly involved in ragging, such as making juniors write records to perform objectionable acts. 7 of them, second and third-year students, who reportedly engaged in severe ragging, were rusticated for Semester-1 (2022-23), besides being suspended from the hostel till the end of their degree. The Anti-Ragging Committee in the university also decided to suspend the 13 remaining students, who reportedly engaged in ‘minor ragging’, from the hostel till the end of their degree.
Some of the aggrieved first-year students lodged a complaint with the National Anti-Ragging Helpline (1800-180-5522) and [email protected] last week and sought intervention. In response, the ARC of PJTSAU enquired about related incidents and the students involved in them. The aggrieved students had described the events of ragging; however, the alleged 20 students have denied all the allegations.
The university justified the action against the senior students involved in the ragging of junior students under an intimation to UGC. The university thereby has complied with the national anti-ragging policy under which every campus shall be equipped with CCTV units to be integrated with the local police. PJTSAU has set up CCTV, complaint boxes and campus helplines for students to reach out.