Ahead of the commencement of the new academic year, President Pratibha Patil on Friday expressed concern over recent incidents of ragging in some colleges and asked Governors to help "wipe out" the "unseemly blot" on the educational sector.
In a letter to her representatives in the states and union territories, Patil asked them to examine the regulatory structure for educational institutions and whether a "credible architecture of legal deterrence" can be built to prevent ragging.
She noted that the Supreme Court had already taken a strong stand on this issue and rules and regulations to prevent ragging including laws have already been enacted at different levels or are in the process of being enacted.
In the letter, which comes ahead of the new academic year, she said while it is the primary responsibility of the management of educational institutions and the teachers to prevent ragging, "it would make eminent sense if parents and guardians are mobilized to counsel their wards to behave more responsibly and be supportive in their dealings with their juniors".
The President asked Governors and Lt Governors to use their knowledge, wisdom and experience in galvanizing society to wipe out the, what she has termed as an "unseemly blot" from our educational sector.