Strict action to be taken against erring students
In a move to further discourage ragging in higher education institutions in the country the University Grants Commission (UGC) has now asked parents and students to give in writing a pledge to abstain from any such practice.
Terming ragging a social issue UGC secretary Jaspal Sandhu stated that the UGC is taking a number of steps to ensure no such acts are committed. “Universities have been asked to get their departments and affiliated colleges to get students and parents to compulsorily submit undertakings online on www.antiragging.in and www.amanmovement.org,” he said.
A circular issued by the UGC stated, “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 will come under the purview of the Act and be liable for action under the Prevention of Ragging Act.”