The Monitoring Committee appointed by the Supreme Court to monitor measures to prevent ragging in higher educational institutions has suggested that the release of grants under various schemes of the UGC should be linked with the compliance by institutions with the directions of the Supreme Court in this regard. Incentives by way of higher grants should be provided by the Commission to the higher educational institutions which ensure that ragging does not take place in their campuses in any form, the Raghavan Committee felt.
At its third meeting held in the capital this week, the Committee also expressed disappointment over some degree of helplessness shown by the regulatory bodies in eliciting information from educational institutions. The meeting was held to take stock of the situation and review the progress made by different regulatory bodies and other stakeholders who have been directed by the Court to implement the recommendations of the Committee’s report on anti-ragging measures.
Dr RK Raghavan asked the regulatory bodies to prepare specific and strict regulations to enforce anti-ragging measures in higher educational institutions. He further asked the regulatory bodies to take all steps to ensure that educational institutions under their purview become zero tolerance campuses with respect to ragging.
A representative from the UGC informed the Committee that a separate cell had been constituted in the Commission to look after matters relating to ragging in universities and colleges. The visiting committee set up by UGC for the11th Plan Development assistance would be responsible to sensitise the institution about the prevention of ragging.
The Committee also asked statutory regulatory bodies to direct educational institutions to incorporate in admission notices appropriate messages regarding ‘zero tolerance’ towards ‘ragging’. The Committee reiterated that as the Supreme Court had upheld the recommendation that ragging lowered the standards of higher education, each regulatory body responsible for maintaining standards of higher education was required to ensure that the directions of the Apex Court were strictly complied with.
Wherever any incident of ragging was reported and institutions did not take adequate steps to redress the grievance, regulatory bodies should conduct enquiries through fact-finding committees, the Committee observed.
Since the ensuing academic session is likely to commence shortly, the Committee urged the Central Government to take immediate steps to take up an intensive multi-media publicity campaign in order to reinforce anti-ragging measures as directed by the Supreme Court. Representatives from the University Grants Commission, All India Council for Technical Education, Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India, Nursing Council of India attended the meeting.