IIT Kanpur suspends 22 students for ragging

Kanpur: The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur on Tuesday suspended 22 students on ragging charges after they were found guilty of ragging their juniors. The decision was taken by the IIT senate at a meeting on Monday.

The charges were considered serious when third-year students made their juniors strip and asked them to do objectionable acts to each other. The video was also taken on smartphones, which were circulated on social media groups.

It is the first such decision taken by the institute. “Sixteen students have been suspended for three years and six others for one year,” IIT Kanpur deputy director Dr Manindra Agarwal said, as per a report by Indian Express.

When asked about the harsh punishment, Agarwal said that 16 of the students had been expelled for three years as the charges against them were “extremely serious”.

The students would not be allowed for a mercy appeal during their suspension period. The students can only appeal on completion of the suspension period and may even be allowed to take admission in the course.