The Panjab University (PU) students will not have to stand in queues to submit anti-ragging oath affidavits during admissions. The mandatory oath affidavits can now be filled up on the two websites set up at the national level to deal with ragging in the country.
The University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) has already put up a notice for prospective students, while other departments of the university are likely to do so in the next few days before the start of academic session.
“We have decided to fill antiragging affidavits online. With this move students will not have to make frequent visits to administrative division,” Renu Vig, director, UIET said.
The two websites - antiragging.in and amanmovement. org-were setup following nation wide rage after 19-year old Aman Kachroo, a student of the Rajendra Prasad Medical College and Hospital at Tanda town in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh died in 2009 after he was ragged by his four drunk seniors. Aman movement is lead by professor Raj Kachroo, his father, who is also the founder trustee of the Aman Satya Kachroo Trust, which provides the financial support to the movement. While antiragging in was started by the University Grants Commission (UGC) following the incident and Supreme Court orders on the same.
The students will have the option to submit their oaths on any of the two websites. The university officials said the move would help in creating a central database of new comers which could be accessed in emergency.
The student can fill up the forms in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi and several other languages. Both the websites have details of anti-ragging laws and do’s and don’ts for new comers and what constitute ragging etc. The students are guided through informative boxes as to how to submit an oath affidavit on these two websites.
Dean, student welfare (DSW), Navdeep Goyal, said the university was contemplating the same in other departments as well. “It is very useful in departments where intake capacity is high. During admissions, the departments are overworked. It is a good tool to save time of the students as well as administration,” he said adding that various other departments would also follow the suit by the time admissions start on the campus. The PU admits nearly 3,000 students every year.