An anti-ragging website to track action taken on complaints of ragging may soon finally be ready for launch as the government counters scathing attacks from the father of medical student Aman Kachroo who died after brutal ragging.
The human resource development ministry prodded the University Grants Commission to expedite the launch of the website at a meeting called on Monday to evaluate the government’s strategy to counter Raj Kachroo’s allegations, government sources said.
The website will for the first time provide updates on action taken in cases of ragging complaints registered through national helpline that was launched last year.
But Raj Kachroo, who has accused the HRD ministry and the UGC of violating norms and the Supreme Court’s directions, effectively compromising the battle against ragging, dubbed the website plan a “gimmick.”
“It (the website) will only push the nation’s efforts against ragging further into a ditch,” Kachroo told HT.
The website plan envisages a facility through which educational institutions can update on the portal the action taken and progress made in each complaint pertaining to that institution. But the current model of the site leaves the updating exercise voluntary, Kachroo argued.
“Just like no one pays their electricity bill unless they face the threat of their connection being cut, colleges are unlikely to update facts of the case on their own voluntarily,” he said.
Instead, technology can be used to automatically make it mandatory for every institution to provide details of each to a central monitoring agency, which can transfer details of non-compliant institutions to regulatory bodies like the UGC for action, Kachroo argued.
The Supreme Court in a May 2009 verdict had laid down a four-pronged plan to counter ragging. The strategy outlined by the SC included the hotline, a monitoring mechanism, maintaining a database of all students and maintaining a database of all institutions.
The HRD ministry argues that the site will serve as a monitoring mechanism. However, the government does not have a database of students or institutions ready yet, sources said.