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Now, freshers to take on ragging demon in Lucknow

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, October 07, 2013
First Published: 11:04 IST(7/10/2013) | Last Updated: 11:10 IST(7/10/2013)

The fight against ragging has taken a new, innovative and bigger dimension.

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Now, the first year students will be inducted in the anti ragging cell of universities and technical colleges.

Not only this, even parents of senior students will be a part of the anti-ragging cell and will help develop fellow feeling in the hearts of senior students for their juniors, so that the freshers may enjoy their campus entry.

These measures will be in place from the next academic session. Learning from this year’s ragging incidents, the technical education department and Gautam Buddh Technical University will enforce this plan.

Principal secretary technical education, Neeraj Gupta told HT that induction of new comers in the anti-ragging cell would effectively help curb ragging.

Gupta explained, “The new entrants are usually victim to the seniors’ wrong deeds. Their presence in the anti-ragging cell will help teachers to understand and comprehend the problems faced by the juniors. I’m hopeful that the proposed idea would work out well to combat ragging.”

Gautam Buddh Technical University vice chancellor RK Khandal said that it was always good to come up with a new idea.

“But I have another plan. If all goes well, I will ask all the engineering colleges to induct parents of senior students who can counsel their wards and their classmates by developing a fellow feeling in their hearts,” he said. According to Khandal, seniors will never cause harm to their younger brother when he comes to the same college a year or two later. “If this feeling of brotherly love is there, such incident will not take place,” he said.

The vice chancellor is all for organising matches and tournaments between freshers and seniors soon after admission. It would help in developing a bonding between the two, he said.

He said there was a dearth of role models before the students.

The modern day students were much smarter than their teachers because they got admission in top institutions after cracking some of the toughest competitive examinations.

“I’m all for holding sessions of motivational people for senior students to develop their capacity building and drive out negative thoughts from their mind,” the V-C said.

Dr Khandal asked if one ever wondered what was the Hindi or Bengali term for ragging.

“In the Indian context, the word ragging is non existent. Indian educational institutions have inherited the word from foreign institutions where it is a practice,” he said.


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