With the beginning of the new academic session, strict instructions to control ragging on campus have been given by educational institutions here and the district administration.
Students at IIT Kanpur have been asked to submit an affidavit stating that they will not indulge in ragging and it has started conducting night raids at hostels, being undertaken by government-run Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical (GSVM) College as well.
"If they (students) are caught doing so or exploiting any fresher in any form, they will be expelled from the college," Registrar of IIT Kanpur, R K Sachan, said.
Senior students are being allowed to take introductions of freshers, but only in hostels and in the presence of wardens and administrative officials, he said.
Sachan claimed that in the last few years no incidents of ragging at IIT have come into light.
Dr Navneet Kumar, Principal, GSVM college has also warned the students that if anybody is caught ragging an FIR will be lodged and expulsion cannot be ruled out.
Similarly, administrations of other colleges, including those of Chatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, government and private engineering colleges and management schools have implemented various measures to prevent ragging.
The district administration has also issued terse instructions to colleges for forming anti-ragging cells and strengthening security arrangements around hostels for freshers.