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Updated: August 18, 2013 00:46 IST

UoH acts tough, suspends six students after Mohini’s death

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The University of Hyderabad (UoH) has suspended six students who were with second year integrated Masters student Mohini Misra, who died after falling from a building on the campus recently.

A proctoral committee enquiry found that the students had consumed alcohol on the day of incident, in violation of university norms. The committee also took a serious view of the fact that all of them were below the legally-permissible 21 years of age to consume alcohol.

The university’s Registrar B. Raja Shekhar said the five male students were suspended for a year, while a girl student was suspended for six months as she did not consume alcohol but was present at the party.

“The students were asked to depose before the committee where they had admitted to have consumed alcohol. Their version was also videographed and their parents informed of the enquiry developments,” Mr. Raja Shekhar said. The proctoral committee took several aspects into account before the decision, including the fact that the students could not reach Mohini for 35 minutes after she fell as they were inebriated. Their under-age for consuming alcohol and partying at an isolated place in violation of university norms had forced the university to take such a drastic decision.

The students — hailing from Hyderabad, West Bengal, Kerala and Pune — can return after serving their suspension period on giving an undertaking.

A separate police case is also probing the student’s death. Another independent committee of the university is also on with the mandate to suggest methods to contain alcoholism and parties in violation of varsity norms.

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@Mohan - Freedom doesn't come free and without consequences and responsibility. If you are not ready to face consequences and take responsibility for your action, don't try to practice freedom beyond what is accepted in an responsible society. Freedom doesn't mean the power to do what you please and how you please.
The solution to underage drinking is not "baby-proofing" unfinished building so these students can safely practice their "freedoms" but rather an understanding of the consequences of alcoholism.
Hopefully this doesn't sound all preachy - this comes from my personal experience of underage drinking. To be clear - we were never under any grandiose illusions of freedom and were crystal clear what would happen if we got caught.

from:  Hemant
Posted on: Aug 19, 2013 at 20:56 IST

But there is a catch here here Mr.Mohan. The students were below the oermissible age for consuming alcohol. Another revealing fact is they could not help the victim due to their inebriated condition. Along with the freedom comes responsibility and adherence to the discipline of the institution.

from:  Najumuddin
Posted on: Aug 19, 2013 at 16:10 IST

As a student of UoH,I am with University's proctoral committee decision. The environment of this University has degraded over the years. Also I am surprised to read comment by fellow reader Mohan that "the community (including students, teachers, and staff) should be free to do what they please in their personal lives". One must understand that liberty is not absolute freedom to break any rule or regulation of any kind. Strict and exemplary action should be taken against those found guilty. Also in this case I believe these students should have been booked for criminal negligence causing death of fellow student.

from:  Kalu Majhi
Posted on: Aug 18, 2013 at 22:08 IST

Unfair and unethical judgement by the Proctoral Board and the UoH administration. Being a central university with a liberal environment, a necessity for fostering quality higher education, the community (including students, teachers, and staff) should be free to do what they please in their personal lives. Alcoholism, smoking, and drug use are rampant on campus; why is it that only these six happen to be suspended? Instead of increasing awareness about such issues so that the students, as adults, can take decisions on their own, they are cracking down the whip to save their image in of national media. They are shifting the blame onto the students, while the administration should be held responsible for leaving the building open and unguarded, for inefficient medical care, late ambulance responses etc. This is completely unacceptable.

UoH should not go the way of other private varsities and become a concentration camp for breeding apolitical immature "middle class" citizens.

from:  Mohan
Posted on: Aug 18, 2013 at 12:07 IST
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