The higher education department, concerned over the highest number of ragging incidents in Madhya Pradesh, has decided to take additional steps including launch of a mobile app (application) to curb the menace in the state colleges.
"The mobile app will be launched with next academic session across the state," said minister of state for higher education Deepak Joshi, while talking to HT.
MP reported highest numbers of ragging cases in the country.
Overall, 42 complaints of ragging were lodged with the National Anti-Ragging Helpline in a year. Neighbouring Uttar Pradesh followed MP in the notoriety.
The University Grants Commission (UGC), a statutory organisation responsible for ensuring the standards of university education in the country, has already taken several steps to curb ragging in the universities, but it has not been very successful so far.
"Introduction of the mobile app is expected to check the menace," said Joshi.
Identity of the student will not be disclosed during initial investigation. Once the charge is proved, stringent action will be taken against the perpetrators, he added.
Joshi said that a government agency will be making the app within a month or two. The app will have the facility of taking photographs.
A section of the app will be dedicated to stop women harassment that includes staff members. It will also have important contact numbers.
"Even the staff members can complain through the upcoming app," he added.
He said the higher education department will publicise the app in college and universities in a big way.