The apex regulatory body has also expanded its definition of ragging
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all universities and colleges in the country to file an online compliance report on all ragging complaints received by the colleges and the action taken. The apex regulatory body has also sought to remind everyone that according to the recent changes to its regulations the new definition of ragging includes abuse on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender and language.
As per the new norms, it is mandatory for all institutions to set up anti ragging committees, install CCTV cameras on campus and to take steps to increase awareness about the menace of ragging. The steps may include holding workshops and orientation programmes and putting up anti ragging posters.
Experts on education have reiterated that the message about the ill effects of ragging needs to be brought home to students. "Ragging has infected higher educational institutions in India since long. Eradicating the menace by creating awareness on its ill-effects can only be achieved with sincere co-operation from institutions. The latest UGC notification requiring online submission of compliance report is a constructive step," stated an expert.
UGC has also asked the institutes to set up mechanisms for regular interaction and counseling for students. Colleges have been asked to include anti ragging warnings in the prospectus and to conduct surprise inspection to deter ragging. UGC has also stipulated that all students and their parents submit undertakings to desist from the practice.
UGC has however been criticized for not mentioning a deadline for the submission of the compliance report. An activist stated, "Asking for the compliance report without any deadline makes no sense. The universities should intervene in the matter and ask colleges to submit the reports within a fixed time frame, preferably 15 days."