Hazaribagh, May 20: Vinoba Bhave University (VBU) authorities have debarred a student, who had touched a girl’s cheek to win a bet, from writing exams for two semesters and imposed a lighter punishment on two of his friends.
Himanish Singh, a mechanical engineering student of VBU, was debarred from writing his fourth semester examination, after the girl, who is pursuing a degree in information technology, lodged a complaint with the University College of Engineering and Technology (UCET) on May 12.
Yesterday, VBU proctor Subodh Kumar Sinha approved of the decision of V.K. Sinha, director of UCET, to slap a stricter punishment on Himanish and also debar two of his friends — Abhishek Srivastava and Mayank Raj — from writing the fourth semester exam, which begins tomorrow.
Abhishek and Mayank, along with one Sumit Singh, had promised Rs 500 to the 22-year-old if he won the bet.
UCET director Sinha confirmed Himanish had been debarred from writing the fourth and fifth semester exams.
Sources said Himanish had left no stone unturned to persuade VBU authorities to lift the punishment given earlier. The UCET director said that he managed to get support from the leaders of a few student unions that have warned to disrupt functioning.
Sinha said he had asked Himanish to call up his father in Jamshedpur and meet him. “But Himanish brought an outsider, who was actually a varsity student, claiming that he was his local guardian.”
Himanish also tried to convince the officials to spare him by slapping a hefty fine instead, but his pleas were turned down.
The UCET director said that Himanish had given him a cellphone number to contact his father, but it turned out to be someone else’s.
“We won’t tolerate such indiscipline in future too. VBU will never hesitate to hand out transfer certificates to such students,” he added.
A few student leaders, who Sinha did not want to be named, had thrown their weight behind Himanish.
Questioning the varsity’s tough stand, they even argued that the girl had agreed to withdraw her complaint and that Himanish had admitted his mistake.
However, Amit Choubey and Pankaj Mehta, both leaders of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, and Amardeep Yadav, the state convener of India Against Corruption, welcomed the punishment.
They said if the authorities tolerated indecent behaviour, this would encourage students to misbehave in future too.