With Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) all set to welcome hundreds of new students on this coming Monday for the new session; Hindustan Times Team throws light on various decisions taken by PAU's Anti Ragging Committee (ARC) aimed to keep any ragging incidents at bay from the campus.
Speaking to GS Buttar, head of the agronomy department who is also the chairman of ARC, he maintained that all decisions taken will surely help to maintain discipline and each year, PAU actively takes such decisions for a better culture in the campus.
“Recently, we conducted an internal meeting on ragging in which it was concluded that all students will be provided with the mobile numbers of their hostel wardens, supervisors and even their professors so that they are able to report any incident immediately and action too can be taken on an instant note. After all, delays are dangerous”, revealed Buttar.
Professors must reach at least five minutes in the classroom before the period commencement and warden along with assistant warden and two professors will be on hostel duty in the night hours from 8:30 till 10:30. These are the other two decisions that have been taken according to Buttar.
Underling the importance of these decisions, he stated that reaching classrooms early and special hostel duties in the night hours will encourage all students to maintain discipline. Above all, we also abide Supreme courts laws for the ragging issue and every student who takes admission in PAU, he or she is made to sign an affidavit that if anyone galvanises ragging, severe punishments will be slapped, added he.
According to various sources from the department of International Linkages and Communication Centre (CCIL), all rules for punishment will be followed in ragging cases including expulsion from the campus and in case the victim, his parents or head of the family is not satisfied with the punishment given to the victims, First Information Report (FIR) has to be filed.
Karanvir Singh Sandhu, President of Punjab Agricultural University Students Association (PAUSA) shared telephonically that ARC has taken stringent decisions against the ragging culture. “Each year, PAU gets students not only from different parts of the country but also many from more than 20 different countries. Keeping this in mind, such decisions to fuse ragging on campus is a must.”
Vice Chancellor BS Dhillon eulogized the decisions take by ACR who hoped that all committee members under the leadership of the ACR Chairman will play a strong role to ensure discipline and friendly environment in the campus.