UGC urges stringent action against ragging in HEIs

UGC urges stringent action against ragging in HEIs
Pritha Roy Choudhury | Dec 29, 2018 - 5:02 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 29: Highlighting the menace of ragging in higher education institutions, the UGC has again asked Vice Chancellors of all universities to take stringent action against perpetrators.

The regulator, in its latest circular, reminded the VCs that in pursuance of Supreme Court orders, ragging has to be treated as a criminal offence and that UGC regulations in this regard are mandatory. The institutions have been asked to take necessary steps for their implementation, failing with which it will be viewed seriously. The UGC will take punitive action against those institutions that do not bring the perpetrators of ragging, the circular warned.

UGC has urged the Universities/Institutions of Higher education to implement the regulations framed “UGC Regulations on curbing the menace of ragging in higher educational institutions, 2009”.

The steps to be followed by the Institutions include:

  • Adequate publicity through various mediums

  • Constitution of anti-ragging committee

  • Constitution of anti-ragging Squad

  • Installing CCTV cameras at vital points

  • Conducting anti ragging workshops, seminars

  • Displaying anti-ragging posters in Admission Centre, Departments, Library, Canteen, Hostel and common facilities.

  • Updating all websites with complete details of the nodal officers

  • Installing alarm bells

  • Conducting regular interaction and counselling with students

  • Identification of trouble triggers

  • Mention of anti-ragging warning in the prospectus of the Institution

  • Surprise visit to Hostel, canteens, Rest & Recreational rooms, toilets, bus stands etc.

It may be mentioned that the UGC had notified the 3rd Amendment in UGC Regulations on 29th June, 2016. The definition of ragging was expanded by including that any act of physical or mental abuse (including bullying and exclusion) targeted at another student (fresher or otherwise) on the ground of colour, race, religion, caste, ethnicity, gender (including transgender), sexual orientation, appearance, nationality, regional origins, linguistic identity, place of birth, place of residence or economic background.

The Commission is also conducting anti-ragging media campaign through different modes.

 


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