Rising instances of ragging across the state—in some cases victims have also committed suicide—have prompted the government to take steps to curb ragging.
The higher and technical education department has proposed a state-level committee to be headed by the governor to monitor ragging incidents and recommend ways to curb them.
The committee will include the chief minister, his deputy, the home minister and all ministers whose departments are linked to educational institutes.
“The governor, who is the chancellor of all universities, will head the committee. It will also include vice-chancellors, principals and representatives of parent and student associations,” Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope told Hindustan Times.
The department also plans to create awareness about consequences of ragging.
Tope said that colleges and universities will have to follow some rules.
“Any college or university prospectus [admission form] will need to have a chapter on ragging and its consequences,” said Tope. “The chapter will have guidelines for victims and their parents for filing complaints.”
Tope said the government was serious about weeding out ragging. He expects the governor to approve of the committee. “The Supreme Court had suggested the formation of such a committee some time ago,” said Tope.
He said Maharashtra has a legal provision of two years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 for offenders.
“College principals must take cognisance of ragging complaint within seven days,” said Tope. A circular stating this has been sent.
Tope said a meeting of parents, students and teachers on the first day of every academic year will be made mandatory.