Now ragging will be treated as a criminal act in UP.
The students caught ragging will face two years imprisonment as well as Rs 10,000 fine will be slapped on them. Those found guilty will be expelled from the campus and their admission in any other educational institution will be banned for five years.
The government tabled Anti-Ragging Bill 2010 in state assembly on thursday evening. It will be taken up for discussion on February 15.
The state government has come out with stringent provisions to check ragging not only on the campus of the educational institutions and but even outside the campus including hostel, tutorial organization or a coaching institute.
The minister of state vocational and technical education (independent charge) Sadal Prasad tabled the bill.
The bill states if a student, his parents, guardian or a teacher submits complaint regarding ragging in writing to the head of the institution, then the head of the student will institute an inquiry within seven days of receiving the complaint. If prima facie the complaint was found correct then he would expel the guilty student who had committed the crime. The head of the institution will forward the complaint to the police station within which area the educational institution is located for further action.
Tabling the bill Prasad said ragging is harassment of the students and is prevalent in majority of the educational institutions. “It’s a curse for the civilized society and several states including West Bengal, Maharashtra, Kerala and Assam have enacted law to check ragging. In UP the horrible manifestation of ragging had been witnessed and there was need to suppress this dastardly act. With enacting a law the state government had decided to free the universities and technical institutions with ragging. Ragging has turned out to be a social, mental and physical exploitation of the students. The rules will be a step toward banning ragging on the campus”, he said.
The expelled student can appeal before an appellate authority within 30 days. While students studying in a secondary school would appeal before Divisional Commissioner, those enrolled in a college or an affiliated college could appeal to Vice- Chancellor and those studying in university will have to appeal to the Chancellor against the expulsion order.
Reacting on the bill the leader of the Teachers Group and MLC Om Prakash Sharma said the committee constituted by Vidhan Parishad on ragging had asked the state government to take action against the management of the educational institution in which the incident of ragging was reported. “The members of the committee visited various educational institutions and found that if a principal or a Vice- Chancellor was committed to check ragging the students would never harass the fresher”, he said.
“The state government should not equate the students with criminal rather it should also bring the management of the educational institutions within its ambit to check ragging. During its visit to various campuses the Vidhan Parishad committee found that management of private engineering, management and medical colleges were promoting ragging to put pressure on the students”, Sharma said.