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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Take measures to curb ragging: UGC to institutes

Vanita Srivastava , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 25, 2014
First Published: 19:27 IST(25/4/2014) | Last Updated: 22:20 IST(25/4/2014)

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked educational institutions to install CCTV cameras and alarm bells at different places on the campus to check the menace of ragging.

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In a notice put on the website on Tuesday, the Commission has asked institutes to use CCTV cameras and alarm bells besides other measures to curb ragging.

"Like in other cases, the cameras can be very effective in giving an authentic proof for ragging. They can capture the ragging incident and can act as a valid proof. This will also instil a sense of fear among the students on being caught," said a UGC official.

Also, placing alarm bells in secluded places and other locations on campus can make the students feel more secure. "If the student is feeling threatened, he can ring the bell at any time and alert those around him."

"It is brought to the notice of the public that ragging is a criminal offence and UGC has framed regulations in order to prohibit, prevent and eliminate  ragging," the notice says.

Besides CCTV cameras at vital points and alarm bells, other measures to check ragging include regular interaction and counselling, identification of trouble-triggers, prominence to anti-ragging in the institution's prospectus and surprise inspection of hostels.

Students and parents should be made aware of the anti-ragging helpline, anti-ragging website and anti-ragging monitoring agency, the notice added.


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