Ragging at VIMSAR: 18 MBBS Students Fined Rs 54,000
Sambalpur: In the latest development regarding the allegations of ragging against some fourth-year MBBS students of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), the authorities have imposed a fine of Rs 54,000 on 18 such students. Also, the guilty students have been made to sign undertakings that they would not get involved in such incidents in the future.
PTI reports that some fourth-year students told the second-year students of the institution to come to the basketball ground on March 10 evening. However, the second-year students didn't come to the ground in fear. But later in the night, the fourth-year students again came to the hostels, where the second-year students stay, and called them to the basketball ground and made them stand from 11 pm to 4 am there.
During this period, the junior students were also subjected to verbal abuse and mental harassment. Subsequently, the junior students lodged a complaint with the anti-ragging cell, New Delhi. Following the complaint, the anti-ragging cell, New Delhi informed the VIMSAR authorities about the incident.
Medical Dialogues had recently reported that one of the second-year MBBS students approached the anti-ragging squad during their visit to the hostel and stated that some of the fourth-year students have ragged him. Acting on the complaint of the second-year student, the anti-ragging squad immediately informed the Dean cum Principal of the institute regarding the matter after which the Principal instructed the concerned authorities to immediately take action and investigate the matter.
The VIMSAR authorities immediately started an inquiry to verify the veracity of the allegation and the senior students were slapped with a fine after inquiry.
"The anti-ragging committee of the institution inquired into the ragging allegation and as per the suggestion of the committee, 18 students were slapped a fine of Rs 54,000. They have also been issued warning letters," the Director of the institution, Lalit Meher said.
Dean and Principal of VIMSAR, Jayashree Dora said the students have already deposited the fine amount.
In October 2018, the VIMSAR authorities had debarred 23 undergraduate students of the institution, who were members of the students union, from attending classes and library for one month over a ragging allegation.