24 JNTUA students suspended for tattered freshmen

ANANTAPUR: Some twenty-four senior students have been suspended for the first time in the history of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University here in connection with robbery at the Lepakshi hostel on the JNTUA campus.

A 12-member panel headed by Head Professor Sujatha probed the estrangement allegations and found that these had taken place. He recommended action on Wednesday against 24 seniors from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological College of Engineering.

Of the 24, seven students were suspended for one semester, six senior students for four weeks and another 11 for two weeks from college and a hostel.

The incidents came to light on February 4, after a group of first-year engineering students from Lepakshi Hostel approached the college’s principal and principal about elder wrongdoing and harassment late in the day. the night.

The seniors after forcibly taking the juniors to their hostel rooms behaved badly with them. According to the victims, the elderly forced them to stand half-torsoed and ordered them to fetch alcohol from wine shops. As the scenario became unbearable, the juniors went to complain to Principal Sujatha.

JNTUA Vice Chancellor Ranga Janardhan has taken serious note of the hazing culture at the prestigious institute and ordered the college authorities to take strong action. The principal alerted the hostel manager and took formal action shortly after receiving the complaint from the junior students. A 12-member committee including teachers and hostel managers was formed to investigate the allegations of robbery.

Based on the panel’s findings, the principal announced action against the 24 seniors. Seven students were suspended for a full semester and banned from the hostel for subsequent semesters as well. Six students were suspended for four weeks and 11 seniors for two weeks from college.

College authorities said it was the first time that robberies had taken place in the engineering college hostel on university premises.

Meanwhile, Anantapur SP Fakeerappa said strict action will be taken against the ragging culture. He asked college managements to be vigilant and regularly monitor hostels to avoid such incidents in the future.

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