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Will not be allowed admission anywhere else for a year

KOLKATA: The executive council of Jadavpur University that met here on Tuesday decided to expel from the institute three students – two from the engineering faculty and one from the science – on their being found guilty of ragging.

Another student has been expelled for four semesters and the fifth debarred from availing of hostel facilities.

“It is for the first time in the history of the University that a decision has been taken to expel from the institute students on the charge of ragging,” the University’s Registrar, Pradip Kumar Ghosh, told The Hindu.

The decisions were taken following a recommendation earlier this month by the University’s anti-ragging committee to mete out punishment to the students charged with ragging five freshers in the main hostel.

The anti-ragging panel had been set up by the varsity to conduct a detailed inquiry into the complaints by the victims of the offence. The complainants had said that they had been tortured both physically and mentally.

Those expelled would not be allowed admission into any other institution for one year, Mr. Ghosh said.

The University’s executive committee is also considering a separate hostel for first year students. An inquiry will also be held to ascertain the names of students who might have abetted in the ragging “by putting pressure” on those who were responsible for the ragging as well on the victims, said Mr. Ghosh.