It has been rightly said that the end may not always justify the means. Behind the façade of ‘welcoming’ new students to college, ragging, in actuality, is a notorious practice wherein the senior students get an excuse to harass their junior counterparts, and more often than not, make them easy targets to satiate their own perverse sadistic pleasures. Apart from sustaining grievous physical injuries, those unfortunate students who succumb to ragging either develop a fear psychosis that haunts them throughout their lives, or worse, quit their college education even before it begins. For any student who slogs day and night to secure admission into a prestigious college, ragging can be his or her worst nightmare come true. It would not be an exaggeration to say that, today, ragging has taken the shape of a serious human rights violation with even the most respected and disciplined educational institutes falling prey to it.
The Honourable Supreme Court of India perhaps has given a more comprehensive meaning of ragging as under:
“Ragging is any disorderly conduct, whether by words, spoken or written, or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness any student, indulging in rowdy or indisciplined activities which cause or are likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological
harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the psyche of a fresher or a junior student.”
Committee Members of the Anti –Ragging Cell
Chairperson : Sub Inspector of Police, Robertsonpet, K. G. F.
Members : Dr. Manjula B. K., Professor, Dept. of Kannada, Mr. Jaya Pandian L., Asst. Professor, Dept. of Commerce, Mr. Udaya Kumar, Physical Education Director
Anti-Ragging Awareness & Prevention Activity
- Display of 24×7 Toll Free Number
- Undertakings in the form of Affidavit by students and parents
- Bulk SMS cautioning serious action and penalty
- Form an Anti Ragging Squad / Committee
- Measures for encouraging healthy interaction between freshers and seniors
- Mentoring Cell for students
- Closed Circuit Cameras
- Promote Staff to report promptly any case of ragging.
National Anti Ragging Help Line (UGC Crisis Hotline)
24×7 Toll Free Number* 1800-180-5522 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Freshers’ welcome parties were organized in each department by the senior students and the faculty together soon after admissions.
- Proper introduction to one another and the hidden talents of the freshers were brought out in the presence of the faculty.
- Depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established by the Anti-Ragging Committee of the institution, the possible punishments for those found guilty of ragging at the institution level shall be any one or any combination of the following:
- Suspension from attending classes and academic privileges
- Withholding/withdrawing scholarship/ fellowship and other benefits
- Debarring from appearing in any test/ examination or other evaluation process and withholding results