The first week of this academic session may not witness ragging that takes place on most Delhi University college campuses every year. DU colleges this time are serious about preventing ragging, in the light of Supreme Court directions to register FIRs, or first information reports, in such cases.
Several colleges have highlighted their zero-tolerance policy for ragging in their admission prospectus and websites — unwilling to leave any scope for lack of awareness.
Colleges like Indraprastha, Miranda and Ramjas clearly mention in their respective college prospectuses that ragging is a criminal offence and will not be tolerated. “We have not just carried a banner slogan in our prospectus against ragging, but also a poster on the last page. There is no space for any kind of ragging — light or otherwise in Ramjas,” said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.
Miranda House principal Pratibha Jolly said although ragging was never a big issue in the college, preventive measures were in place. “We will be extra vigilant in the light of the SC directives. We have publicised the SC order in our prospectus and handbook. We will also hold a poster competition on ragging once the college reopens,” she said.
“Our proctorial committee has been very active for the last three-four years. In fact, we start our anti-ragging checks right from the day the first cut-off list is declared. Once session starts, the squads comprising students and faculty fan out all over the campus, especially in vulnerable areas like toilets, canteen, the gymnasium, auditorium and pool,” said Manasvini Yogi, Indraprastha media co-ordinator.