Andhra University suspends six engineering students for drug abuse
Six engineering students from Andhra University (AU) have been suspended from the varsity for allegedly taking drugs at the campus hostel.
This includes three students who were in their final year.
The incident took place on Friday when security guards caught the students red-handed.
While the university is yet to confirm what drug it was, reports suggest that it was marijuana or ganja.
Speaking to TNM, AU Registrar V Umamaheswara Rao said, "We have suspended them from writing their next semester exam and initiated an enquiry into the incident. Three of them, who were living in the hostel, have also been expelled from it."
The university also stated that one of the students was heavily drugged, and he even tried to enter the girl's hostel after allegedly causing a ruckus.
"One of them is the son of a daily-wage labourer from Guntur, and they were struggling to send him money for education. So, we called the parents of all the students and counselled them," Rao added.
According to reports, the incident even reached state Human Resource Development Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who asked the university officials to take strict action against the erring students.
When asked if it was a cause of concern, the AU registrar said, "Now and then, we do get some reports of students consuming drugs. However, this is the first time that we have caught them red-handed. It is alarming."
"They are misusing the freedom that we give them. The youngsters are getting diverted from the education, to try and find short term happiness," he added.