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Ragging in colleges: Educational institutions yet to implement SC guidelines

26 June 2016

Bengaluru, June 23: The incident in which a nursing student was forced to consume toilet cleaner in an alleged incident of ragging just goes on to show that most colleges have not implemented the guidelines of the Supreme Court. There are set of stringent proposals that were made by the Supreme Court of India which were meant to be implemented by the colleges.

Two days back a nursing student, Aswathi, was admitted to hospital in a serious condition. She was allegedly ragged by her seniors at the Al-Qamar College of Nursing in Karnataka. The college principal however denied that it was a case of ragging. The Supreme Court had taken a very serious note of ragging in colleges. In a verdict delivered on May 8 2009, the court had directed colleges to implement the guidelines. It was the job of the education department of the states to oversee the implementation of the guidelines.

Supreme Court guidelines on ragging -Every institution must have an Anti-Ragging Committee and an Anti - Ragging Squad. There should be a Monitoring Cell at the level of the Chancellor of the State Universities. -Wardens must be accessible at all hours and therefore it is important that they, be available on telephone and other modes of communication. -Not only the students, but also the faculty must be sensitized towards the ills of ragging. -Parents/guardians of freshers assume responsibility for promptly bringing to the notice of the Head of the Institution any instance of ragging. -The SHO/SP, within whose jurisdiction a particular college falls, shall be responsible for ensuring that no ragging takes place on the campus of the concerned college. -Confidence building measures such as appointment of counsellors, arrival of senior students a week or two weeks after the Juniors have arrived; joint sensitization programmes; joint orientation programme of freshers and seniors should be addressed by the head of the institution.

CITATION: 2014(9)BLegal 35  :  2014(0)AIR(SCW)6113