The message against ragging at Delhi University (DU) this year is loud and clear.
Adopting a stronger anti-ragging stance, the university and its colleges are leaving no stone unturned to curb the menace, which reared its ugly face with Aman Kachroo’s death at a medical college in Tanda.
So on Thursday, an average ‘fachcha’ (fresher) can hope to walk into a more secure campus as the university has made provisions for mobile patrolling at North and South Campus.
This will be in addition to the police pickets that are stationed outside colleges every year.
“Also, we have asked colleges to make provisions for sealed complaint boxes in their campus and assign someone with the responsibility to look into the complaints regularly,” said Gurmeet Singh, proctor, DU.
“That apart, no guests will be allowed to stay at college hostels during the first few weeks of the new academic session,” Singh added.
Apart from the sight of policemen, freshers will, in all probability, also come across posters publicising helpline numbers and contact details of senior police officers.
If none of the above helps, then the new rule of taking an undertaking from all students — as per UGC norms — would sure act as a strong deterrent.
Students from this year will have to submit a written undertaking saying that they are aware of ragging guidelines and will report any such incident. While most colleges had procured affidavits from freshers at the time of admission, second and third year seniors will be made to submit one once they rejoin college.
“We have emailed the proforma to the second and third year hostelers already. The day scholars will be given printouts once they rejoin college,” said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.
Apart from following the university’s instructions, the colleges are hoping to tackle ragging through counseling sessions and publicising contact numbers of anti-ragging committee and squad members.
Ramjas College has gone ahead and adopted a Raghavan Committee recommendation not being followed by all.
“We have staggered the dates for joining college for seniors and juniors as per recommendations of the Raghavan Committee,” said Rajendra Prasad, Principal, Ramjas.
The seniors are not allowed to enter the college premises on the first two days of the new session, that is July 16 and 17.