MCI Issues Notice To Uttar Pradesh University Over Ragging, Threatens To Restrict Admissions For One Year
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has issued a show-cause notice to the UP’s Safai Medical College, responding to the media reports alleging ragging of first-year MBBS students.
The MCI notice stated that the media highlighted the complete failure of college authorities in addressing the menace of ragging.
MCI Questions UP University
Nearly 200 freshers of the University were forced to shave their heads by their seniors and asked to salute them wearing white plain clothes. The photos of the incident went viral on social media and prompted the university administration to conduct a probe.
The MCI has demanded an explanation from the university asking why it should not be penalised and declared ineligible for fresh admissions for a minimum of one year. The notice warned the vice-chancellor Raj Kumar, that the university’s recognition would be stopped for a year if his reply was not satisfactory.
University registrar SC Sharma confirmed receiving the MCI notice and claimed that a reply was sent on August 22, Thursday itself. He also denied any charges found in the preliminary enquiry conducted on the university.
He said that the university had set up a team of 12 including a cop, journalist, tehsildar to conduct an enquiry of the incident.
The Board of Governors of MCI have also asked the University to suspend the senior batches admitted to the MBBS course for a minimum of one month.
“Why the institute should not be declared as an erring medical college and be declared as ineligible for preferring any application under Section 10(A) of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 for a minimum period of one year extendable by such quantum by the council as would be commensurate with the wrong,” the show cause notice sent by MCI to the university read.
“Why exemplary fine of Rs 1.5 crore (1 Lakh for every individual) ragged be not imposed upon the institute,” the notice read.
The MCI’s notice came after Ramakant Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences enquiry panel acquitted the seniors from all charges for ragging as they maintained that the students got their heads shaved as a part of a tradition.
A two-member team comprising sub-divisional magistrate Satya Prakash Singh and circle officer Massa Singh separately submitted their report to district magistrate JB Singh and confirmed the issue.
Vice-Chancellor Raj Kumar claimed that asking students to shave their heads was to inculcate “sanskar” even as he assured strict action against the incident. The report stated that the university’s anti-ragging committee was ineffective and could not stop the ragging.
Odisha Ragging Incident
The Odisha government on Thursday, August 22 demanded a probe into alleged ragging inside a state-run engineering university after its videos went viral on social media.
— OTV (@otvnews) August 22, 2019
The videos showed seniors students of the Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology in Sambalpur district slapping their juniors and asking them to run down the stairs.
Over a hundred students of the third and fourth year of the university were seen ragging as many as 50 students of the second year on a stage built inside the university premises during a welcome ceremony. Many seniors were also seen tearing off their shirts and trousers while some juniors were also thrashed in the dining hall after the welcome ceremony.
Meanwhile, Odisha Skill Development & Technical Education minister Premanand Nayak has ordered a probe into the incident and the Registrar of the university has been asked to take action after receiving the report.