UGC tells colleges to put up anti-ragging hoardings, banners

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UGC tells colleges to put up anti-ragging hoardings, banners

With admission process for 2008-09 taking off, the University Grants Commission has asked higher education institutions to put up anti-ragging hoardings/bill boards/banners in prominent places within the campus.

In a recent communication to universities, V.K. Jaiswal, Under Secretary, UGC, has instructed universities/colleges to take all out efforts to exhort students not to indulge in ragging.

The names of officials to be contacted in case of ragging and their telephone numbers can be given to students, he has said.

Court orders cited

Higher Education Department officials here told The Hindu on Saturday that the apex body had sent this communication to Registrars of universities citing Supreme Court orders on curbing ragging and suggestions of a committee formed to monitor measures taken to prevent ragging.

It has also asked universities and colleges to mention in their prospectus brochure the total number of ragging cases that took place in their institution each year.

“It has been decided that higher education institutions must mention the number of ragging cases in previous academic session and punishments awarded to those found guilty in the prospectus or brochures being issued for admissions,” Mr. Jaiswal has said.

Meeting held

According to him, the fresh directions are being issued after the second meeting of the committee, headed by a former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, held in New Delhi in April.

Universities and colleges have also been asked to try out any other forms of campaign that will be appropriate for prevention of ragging.

Suitable measures

Registrar of Madurai Kamaraj University, I. Singaram, says suitable measures will be taken as directed by the apex body. The varsity will write to all affiliated colleges to create awareness of this issue on their campuses.