Punjab technical education minister Anil Joshi on Thursday issued instructions to all government and private technical education institutes, including engineering colleges, polytechnics and industrial training institutes (ITIs), to take all preventive steps to ensure that new students are not subjected to harassment and ragging by seniors.
The minister also asked the technical education department to issue instructions to follow the Supreme Court guidelines in this regard. "Strict action would be taken against the institution found violating the norms," Joshi said in a press statement.
The minister asked the authorities of educational institutions to take a written undertaking from the students and their parents that they would not take part in any kind of ragging. He said parents should be made aware of the condition that involvement of their wards in ragging would invite expulsion from the institute, besides a criminal case.
Joshi appealed to students not to indulge in ragging. The minister said aggrieved students could lodge their complaints before the college authorities. All institutions have also been ordered to set up a helpline for ragging victims, according to a press statement.