The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to notify new guidelines to make it binding on all higher educational institutions to prevent ragging or face harsh action, including de-recognition.
The commission has decided to notify guidelines to prevent ragging under the UGC Act, 1956, making it mandatory for institutions to adopt them. “Its violation will result in penal action against the institution concerned,” said UGC secretary R.K. Chauhan.
The commission is considering new clauses to get itself empowered to stop grants to those institutions, which fail to prevent ragging, as suggested by the Supreme Court on Monday.
In case of repeated cases of ragging, commission officials, who did not wish to be named, said the offending institution could be de-recognised under the UGC Act.
“We have formed a committee that will consider different options for making the anti-ragging guidelines effective. The new guidelines will be notified before the next academic year,” Chauhan told Hindustan Times.
The UGC decision comes following the death of Aman Kachuroo, a medical student, because of ragging in Himachal Pradesh. During the past year, ragging cases have been reported from various institutions, but no police action has been initiated against the culprits.
“In Kolapur University, some senior students were suspended, but no action was taken against the teachers who helped them conduct ragging during teaching hours,” said Sheila Parsa, who conducted an inquiry into the ragging of 50 first-year Masters of Computer Application (MCA) students in the University.
After examining several cases, she felt that there was a need to overhaul the system.
“Ragging is considered a tradition in many institutions. This mindset needs to be changed,” she said, pointing out that the UGC guidelines enforced in 1999 had failed to change the institutions’ ways of handling ragging cases.
n UGC says violation of rules may result in penal action
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