Issued warning letters against 18 students, fined ₹ 54,000 for ragging juniors.

Disciplinary norms were found to be violated by the anti-ragging cell of VIMSAR, Source: Odishatv

18 senior students at Veer Surendra Sai Institute Of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla in Sambalpur, faced charges and financial punishment for ragging their juniors at the institute. The Director of the Institute, Lalit Meher, said that warning letters have been issued against the punished students.

The anti-ragging committee of the institution looked into the ragging allegations and decided to fine ₹ 54,000, from 18 fourth-year MBBS students for their involvement in the incident. The students also signed undertakings that they would not get involved in such incidents in the future.

Jayashree Dora, Dean, and Principal of VIMSAR, informed that the students deposited the fine amount.

Through sources, it was reported that these fourth-year students told the second-year students to come to the basketball ground. Because of the fear, the second-year students didn't come to the ground. Later in the night, the senior students visited the hostels, where the second-year students stay and made them stand on basketball ground from 11 pm to 4 am. These second-year students were just not going through physical pain but they were also subjected to verbal abuse and mental harassment. Later, the junior students complained about the anti-ragging cell, New Delhi. Following the complaint, the anti-ragging cell of New Delhi informed the VIMSAR authorities about the incident.

The authorities of VIMSAR immediately started an inquiry to verify the allegation and the senior students were slapped with a fine after the inquiry.

Ragging in any form is strictly prohibited in all institutes. If such ragging instances occur, disciplinary action is initiated against the accused students. The accused students may be suspended or barred from appearing in examinations.

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