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delhi Updated: Jul 10, 2009 00:14 IST

Two of Capital’s prestigious engineering institutes seem to have declared a war of sorts on ragging.

With the menace having reared its ugly head early this year with Aman Kachroo's death at a medical college in Tanda, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Delhi Technological University — formerly known as Delhi College of Engineering — are going that extra mile to ensure that their campuses are free of ragging.

And they are gearing up to achieve this with the aid of anti-ragging hotlines; a measure clearly inspired by the University Grants Commission’s decision to start a helpline in June this year.

“Till the last academic session, we had one security hotline on which students could also make ragging calls. But then we realised the need to have an exclusive number for this purpose and decided to have hotline number (6500) dedicated to anti-ragging,” said BN Yadav, senior security officer, IIT Delhi. “It will start functioning by the beginning of new session in July.”

“We have security vehicle at our disposal and it will not take our officer-on-duty more than five minutes to reach the student asking for help,” he said.

IIT Delhi will welcome over 680 undergraduate freshers on July 22.

The premier institute of engineering hasn't particularly been free of ragging in the past and it last reported an incident in 2007.

At the technological university, which has maintained a relatively low profile on this count for the last couple of years, there are a few extra steps on the anvil to curb the problem.

Apart from the 24-hour helpline, the varsity in a meeting held on Thursday decided to also introduce round-the-clock CCTV surveillance in all its hostels and other areas such as the canteen from the new session.

In consonance with the directives of the Supreme Court, all hostel wardens will be provided mobile telephones along with telephone connection in the warden office on which first year students can reach them for help.

“Currently, we have nine hostels on campus which are occupied by students,” said PB Sharma, who was the director of DCE and now is heading the university. “With CCTV cameras we will be able to track and suspicious activity or entry of outsiders in the hostel premises.”

Sharma said the helplines will start functioning before August 3 when the new session begins.

There will be close to 670 undergraduate students joining the technological varsity on August 3.