The University Grants Commission (UGC) has called for an internal inquiry at the Government Medical College in Omandurar Estate into allegations made by first year students that they were beaten by their seniors for resisting ragging.
The New Indian Express reports that senior girls forced juniors to speak to boys who were on their Facebook list, over the phone.
A first-year student said that if they did not do this, they were paraded with shoes over their heads.
On Thursday, the first-year students wrote to the UGC, minutes after they were ragged by the seniors. They had asked for their college to be changed so as to avoid going through the torture again.
The anti-ragging wing in UGC asked the head of the college to take action against seniors and also to file an FIR against them within 24 hours based on the recommendations made by the local authorities.
The commission also asked college authorities to find the juniors and counsel them so that they feel comfortable and know that necessary action will be taken in such cases.
Vice-principal Dr Jayanthi told TNIE that they have received the instructions from the UGC and they are speaking to first year students individually and are trying to understand what happened. The authorities have assured the students that their names will not be revealed.
However, she added that that the allegations are not very serious but she will speak to the juniors about them being forced to speak to boys over the phone.
About 20 second-year MBBS students were called for an enquiry and the college authorities are looking into the matter.