NIT, Adityapur, is ready to suspend or expel students if they are found planning pleasure trips near water bodies without prior permission from authorities in a bid to prevent tragedies such as the deaths by drowning of three final-year boys on January 18, who had played truant from class and headed off to Asangi check dam.
In the first-of-its-kind initiative taken by the 51-year-old cradle, director Rajnish Shrivastava has issued a written fiat warning students against leaving hostels, classrooms and campus without the permission of warden, head of the department and teacher. It strictly prohibits students from venturing into the rivers, lakes, ponds and similar places. Furthermore, the notice also warns of “severe action” against students indulging in any type of intoxicants.
Earlier, authorities had given verbal warnings, which went unheeded. Now, these “extreme threats” that can directly affect their careers will do the trick, hope authorities.
The directive was pasted at the institution’s central library on Monday afternoon, while its copies have been sent to deans, heads of departments, registrar, chief wardens, wardens and assistant proctor.
Director in-charge of the institution S.B.L. Saxena said the directive was issued after the drowning incident on January 18, 3km from the campus.
“Students have to take the directive seriously or face the music,” the director in-charge said, adding that copies of the order would also be pasted at the hostel mess and hostels, as well as at strategic places in the library, classes and the computer centre.
A meeting of the students’ council will be held soon, where members will be asked to pass on the message to pupils.
A senior faculty on the condition of anonymity, said students’ body could make an actual difference in attitudes.
“Youths have high spirits and want to enjoy college life. But if they don’t do it irresponsibly, they jeopardise themselves, which affects their families and the institution adversely,” he said. “The students’ body has to drill this in every youngster,” he added.
He also said it was realistically not possible for a handful of authorities to keep an eye on each of the 2,000-odd students. “The hostels have no boundary walls. There is no partition between adjoining hutments and shanties. Students enrolling in the institution are above 18 years. We expect them to behave in a responsible manner,” said the faculty member.
But the directive will facilitate swifter penalty to act as a deterrent, he added.
“With the written directive, at least wardens, teachers and even students can place complaints directly before authorities. It will prevent recurrence of mishaps,” he added.
Had the directive been issued before, Bokaro boys Prasun Anand and Sudhir Kumar, and Vijayawada-based Pawne Aditya Vardhan, who had gone off to the Asangi check dam without informing their warden, might have lived.