IIT Mandi :- The Indian Institute of Technology in Mandi (IIT-Mandi) has banned interaction between senior batches and first-year students for a whole semester and initiated disciplinary action against 72 students — including the suspension of 10 students for six months — in response to allegations of ragging during a “freshers’ mixer” held last month, The Indian Express has learnt.
While the incident reportedly occurred on August 11, IIT-Mandi Director, Professor Laxmidhar Behera, said in an email addressed to all students on August 20 that the seniors had “breached” the “laxman rekha” (crossed the line) and 72 of them were found “guilty of participating in ragging to various degrees”.
The Indian Express reached out to Professor Behera, Dean of Academics Aniruddha Chakraborty, and Dean of Student Affairs Hitesh Shrimali for their comments. While Chakraborty and Shrimali said they did not want to comment on the matter, Behera did not respond to requests for a comment.
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