In a bid to prevent ragging in educational institutions, the University Garnts Commission (UGC) has launched a helpline for victims.
An official spokesman on Wednesday said the Punjab government was committed to eradicating the plague of ragging from the educational institutes. He said instructions had been issued to the education department to take strict action against those indulging in ragging.
He said the victims could now dial a tollfree number 1800-180-5522 and register their complaints. The guidelines framed to stop ragging were now available on the UGC website "ww.ugc.ac.in.".
The spokesman said the UGC had also issued instructions to all the educational institutes to paste a copy of the guidelines on the notice board of the institute concerned.
It had also made mandatory for the educational institutes to depute a nodal person, to whom the victims could contact for help.
As per the UGC instructions, the educational institutes would now have to constitute a committee to check the menace, he added.
He said this committee would ensure that the recommendations of the Supreme Court and Justice Ragwan committee were duly adhered to.
The spokesman said as per the UGC instructions the applicants and their parents would now have to submit in writing that they were against the ragging. The heads of the educational institutions had also been empowered to initiate any action against those indulging in ragging.
He said UGC had uploaded a DVD on its website, the heads of the educational institutions had been asked to download it and ensure its screening for the students. In case any educational institute found guilty of not implementing the guidelines, strict action would be taken against it.