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Isolation, according to the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), is the best way to nip ragging in the bud. It is mulling over accommodating all first-year students exclusively at a 15-storey hostel.
While two such will be ready for occupation by the end of this academic year, the plan for another is still in the pipeline.
Prof Urjit Yagnik, dean of students affairs at IIT-B, says most freshers are likely to be put up in a single hostel to avoid any incident of ragging. “But a final call has not been taken on whether the new hostels will be set aside only for them.”
The new hostels will be the largest on campus, each capable of accommodating over 1,000 students — equivalent to the combined strength of three hostels at present. With the addition of the three, the number of hostels at IIT-B will go up to 17.One of the two new hostels which are almost ready will temporarily house girls from another hostel that will be replaced by the third tower, says Yagnik.
But not everyone on campus is see the authorities’ reasoning behind such a move.Indicating that the arrangement will fall flat on its face, a third-year mechanical engineering student argues, “It will keep apart the freshers from the seniors, who can give first-year students much insight of campus life given the substantial amount of time they have spent on the premises.”
A first-year student from the computer science department says much ado has been made over nothing. “There isn’t much ragging on the campus. There are generally icebreakers between freshers and seniors. Mostly, freshers and seniors living in the same hostel develop healthy relationships in terms of friendship and mentoring.”