A day before thousands of law aspirants across the country were to appear in Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), the gateway to admission in 16 National Law Universities in the country, a participating law school was addressing a ‘ragging’ issue.
The Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), a premier law school in Patna and 10th on the CLAT list, was examining technical bids Saturday to install 70 CCTV cameras to check ragging of junior students.
“We are setting up 70 new CCTV cameras for surveillance of the boys’ hostel, library, garden and all the entrance and exit points of the CNLU for better campus security and to check ragging and other security issues”, CNLU registrar SP Singh told HT on Saturday.
Singh said the technical bids for the same were opened on Saturday. “We are planning to install the new cameras latest by July. The new session is also expected to begin by then,” he said.
The move by the CNLU authorities to plug ‘security loopholes’ came three days after a first year student of the law university was allegedly assaulted by a third year senior in a scrap over a ragging bid on May 6.
In protest, the first year students had boycotted their classes on Thursday and Friday, even though the CNLU administration had constituted a two member inquiry committee comprising retired judicial officers to probe the incident and give its report by May 11.
The incident had spiraled out of control allegedly because both, the student accused of assault and the victim, are related to influential persons.
While the 18-acre CNLU campus is already under surveillance by several cameras, Singh said the May 6 incident had underlined the need for more cameras to ensure security of students, especially freshers.
“Appropriate action would be taken against anyone found guilty in the incident,” Singh said.
The Supreme Court has declared ragging to be a serious offence and as part of admission procedure to universities the applicant students and their parents are required to furnish affidavits saying they won’t indulge in it.
As per CNLU’s own website, ragging – depending on its level - may result in suspension from classes and losing of academic privileges, withholding of scholarships or results, expulsion from hostel, cancellation of admission, rustication for a specified period from the institution or expulsion from the institution and subsequent debarring from admission in any other institute for a specified period.