Government First Grade College Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

UGC REGULATIONS 0N CURBING THE MENACE 0F RAGGING IN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, 2009


Scope of Guidelines

These regulations were passed by the University Grants Commission in the year 2009 to curb the menace of ragging in the Universities in India. The best part at these regulations is that they shall apply to all the institutions including:

  1. Under the Central/provincial/state act (it) Deemed university under the UGC Act, T956
  2. All other educational institutions
The guidelines extend to all the premises, whether located in the campus or Outside and also in means of transportation whether public or private. The objective of these guidelines is to ensure completely wiping and prohibiting the activities of ragging



Important Regulations

Publishing ragging is banned : The institutions are required to publish that the ragging is totally banned in the institution and anyone found doing/abetting fogging would be suitably punished.

Brochures/Application Form/Enrollment Form : The college brochures are required to mention these guidelines in full. The prospectus would include all directions of Supreme Court/Central and State Government as applicable. The application/enrollment form for admission will have an undertaking in English and Hindi and preferably one in regional language to be signed by parent/guardians The school-leaving certificate should reflect the behavioral pattern at the student.

Affidavit of Student : A student during the admission process has to tile or affidavit along with his parents/guardians signature, stating that he will not be tagging other students directly or indirectly.

Anti-Ragglng Committee : Every institution shall constitute a committee to be known as the Anti-Ragging Committee. To be nominated and headed by the Head of the institution, and consisting of representatives of civil and police administration, local media, Non-Government Organizations involved in youth activities, representatives of faculty members, representatives of parents, representatives of students belonging to the freshers category as well as senior students, non-teaching staff; and shall have a diverse mix of membership in terms of levels as well as gender. it shall be the duty of the Anti-Ragging Committee to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Regulations as well as the provisions of any law for the time being in force concerning ragging. The College is required to submit to weekly reports on anti ragging status to the Vice Chancellor of the University.

Contact detail of Anti Ragging Helpline/Anti Ragging Committee/Anti Ragging Squad

Every fresh student admitted to the institution shall be given a printed leaflet detailing to whom he/she has to turn to for help and guidance for various purposes including addresses and telephone numbers, so as to enable the student to contact the concerned person at any time. Identity of informants of ragging incidents is fully protected.

Anti ragging squad :

Anti ragging committee would also monitor and oversee the performance of the Anti-Ragging Squad. lt shall be the duty of the Anti-Ragging Squad to make surprise raids on hostels, and other places vulnerable to incidents of, and having the potential of, ragging.

FIR:

The guidelines lays down that on receipt of any information concerning any reported incident of ragging, the Head of institution shall immediately determine, if a case under the penal laws is made out and if so, either on his own or through a member of the Anti-Ragging Committee, proceed to file a First Information Report (FIR), within twenty four hours of receipt of such information.

Evaluation of Ragging :

lt lays down that The Anti-Ragging Committee of the iristitution shall take an appropriate decision, in regard to punishment 0" Wham”: depending on the facts of each incident of ragging and nature and gravity of the incident of ragging established in the recommendations of the Anti ragging Squad. freshers are to allotted a different hostel.

Regulations by other Bodies

Apart from IPC and the UGC Regulations, there are other government bodies that have their own laws on ragging in their respective acts. For example the All lndia Council For Technical Education (AlCTE) and the Medical Council of india have made their own regulations under their respective acts.

  1. The AlCTE has created ”All lndia Council for Technical Education (Prevention and Prohibition of Ragging in Technical institutions, Universities including Deemed to be Universities imparting technical education) Regulations 2009" under Section 23 and Section )0 at the AlCTE Act,1987.
  2. Similarly, the Medical Council of lndia has made ”Medical Council of lndia (Prevention and Prohibition of Ragging in Medical Colleges/Institutions) Regulations, 2009” under Section 33 of the lndian Medical Council Act, 1956.

Punishable Ingredients of Ragging

  1. Abetment to ragging
  2. Criminal conspiracy to rag
  3. Unlawful assembly and rioting while ragging
  4. Violation of decency and morals through ragging
  5. lnjuryto body causing hurt or grievous hurt
  6. Wrongful restraint
  7. Wrongful confinement
  8. Use of criminal force
  9. Extortion
  10. Assault/sexual offences/Unnatural offences
  11. Criminal intimidation
  12. Offences against property
  13. Attempt to commit any or above of the offences
  14. Any offence flowing from the definition of ragging.


Consequences of Ragging

  1. Cancellation of admission
  2. Suspension from attending classes
  3. Withholding/withdrawing scholarship and other benefits
  4. Debarring tram appearing in exam/other evaluation process
  5. Withholding results
  6. Debarring the student tram representing in any national, international or youth testival.
  7. Suspension from hostel
  8. Restriction tram institution for a period of l “3‘ years
  9. Expulsion from an institution and barring from admission in any 0thel institution.
  10. Fine up to Rs. 25,000/
  11. Collective institution.


Conclusion

The primary responsibility to curb ragging would vest with the educational institutions. There is a requirement to active participation at media and civil society as well in controlling them. As rightly observed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court, declaring ragging as a cognizable offence cannot control ragging, as the students going to educational institutions should not be subjected to live under tear of police. However, in view of the recent impact on the students, these guidelines to curb the menace of ragging were put in place. The court also has been ensued responsibility to ensure that there is speedy disposal of these matters. The past memories of adverse impact of ragging can only be wiped by strict implementation at these laws.

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