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At Kolkata’s Indian Maritime University, Students Face ‘Organised Ragging’

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D.M.E.T was a prestigious para-military college in Calcutta. Now, this institute runs by the name of Indian Maritime University, Kolkata Campus. Since 1952, this campus has been one of the leading institutes in maritime training across Asia. But not anymore. It has become a typical engineering college but with uniforms, intense ragging including physical assault and verbal abuse.

Most people who know this place would be outraged if I directly said ‘there is ragging in DMET’ because of the complexity and ambiguity involved in this topic.

Most of the ragging and assault happens under the name of paramilitary training. To understand why I call it “organised ragging” as a student of the institute, you will need to know about the current established system of ragging on campus.

Over the years, this college has lost its reputation and placement rates are decreasing. Junior cadets are manipulated into thinking that even the few placements that happen are because of our seniors, which is, in fact, somewhat true. But this fact is used to induce fear among cadets, that they should always respect and obey their current senior and never complain about them. Because if you complain, it will send out a message that this batch is weak and not worthy, which could mean even lesser placement opportunities.

So now, any senior can come to your room, abuse you, force you to do things, even physically assault you if he wants; all because he is a senior. If you complain and action is taken against the senior, then everyone knows your name as the weak student who complained and you take shit for it every day. Even your batch mates abuse you because they feel that you are harming their reputation.

If you think you can escape this if you just stay away and mind your own business, it can’t be done. Every day there are 2 fall-ins (roll calls). Every cadet has to assemble at the quadrangle of the hostel. And any senior with no business of being there can come to the fall-in and say or do anything he wants. That includes physical and verbal abuse. And the campus authority does nothing or probably, pretends to know nothing.

Every year more than 50% of the students fail. Not because they are incapable but because half of the time they are hiding and doing things that their seniors force them to do. There you have it – “Organised Ragging”.

This place basically ruins the youth who join the institute. Anyone can hardly keep their passion alive because of how they are treated in this college. You don’t have freedom of speech here. If you speak more than you are asked by the seniors then the chances are that you will get slapped a few times.

Who can we blame for the ongoing act? The seniors? They have been through the same thing. The juniors? There have been reports and complains but no improvements. I blame the college authority and their ignorance.

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  1. creative indians

    Whoever is behind this post, first of all just go and follow your passion somewhere else. Guys like you destroys the culture. If you have passion of dancing,just get yourself admitted in some dancing class, if you want to become blogger get yourself admitted in some arts college. Don’t become like chetan bhagat who first destroys the seat for a deserving engineer , then a management guy in the name of following passion. Guys like you if given chance will start pointing objections on the training give by IMA, INA etc. Do you understand what it takes to stand in the vast span of ocean where you won’t access to your cries ? If you are here in IMU – KC, and hope that you will be treated like your mother used to treat when you were in class IX , bro you are at wrong place. Do you know you have to work regularly even for 12-15 hours on a ship, then you guys will start whining even there on the ship and will ask your parent to push companies to get you signed off. You won’t be able to whine over there in the sea. Bro always keep in kind ” Fear the old men in a profession where young men dies” . This Marine line is not for faint hearted, just get yourself admitted in some other marine colleges. Marine is all about keeping yourself hard, dedicated , disciplined and ready to face any kind of danger at any time. Just get yourself admitted somewhere else and follow your passion. You might be next Chetan Bhagat, the guy who first killed an engineer , then an MBA aspirant and now is going to enter into politics.

    1. Babu Cra

      there is only one thing i can say to you”chutiya hai kya”.dont write lies in the comments section.i was a cadet in imukc and i have gone through all the things mentioned is hellish in imukc till your 3rd sem.and you dont have to work for 12 to 15 hrs on ship. you daily shift is for 8 hours and in any case of emergency which doesnt happen at all, you have to work for 12 faint hearted people can join the marine line it is not the army .then how does guys from tolani and imu mumbai campus get placements ,they dont have to go through what we have gone through. the things that we go through for one and half years really makes us frustrated and changes our behaviour altogether

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