Use of regional slurs and discriminating against students from other states will be considered ragging, according to the new anti-ragging measures suggested by Gautam Budh Nagar administration. The move comes in the wake of colleges in Knowledge Park starting off their academic session from Monday.
According to University Grants Commission (UGC) report of 2015, there are nine universities in the district and thousands of students join these universities and affiliated colleges every year.
In a meeting between district magistrate NP Singh and student welfare deans of Knowledge Park colleges on Saturday, anti-ragging, anti-drugs, anti-tobacco and women empowerment measures were discussed.
“Deans have been told to adopt a strict policy against ragging in their colleges. Use of derogatory regional slurs such as such as ‘Bihari’, ‘Purabiya’, Madrasi, Kashmiri Pakistani’ towards students from other states will be considered ragging. Discrimination on the basis of caste or religion will also be considered ragging,” Singh said.
“We have asked the administrations to round up senior students who indulge in such discriminatory acts and if they don’t mend their ways, they should be ready to face strict action from the college administration. If the administration is unable to control the students, we will take action,” Singh said.
Colleges in Noida and Greater Noida have been asked to counsel their staff and senior students to be sensitive towards the students who will arrive in large numbers from Monday.
“To avoid regional clashes or incidents of discrimination, we have asked colleges to conduct workshop for their staff to sensitise them. Senior students should also be counselled separately. Orientation programme for freshers should be held to sensitise them,” Singh said
Orientation programme and workshops for students from rural background were also suggested.
“Many students who come from rural background are not fluent in English fall into depression after coming to colleges. To help them, colleges should conduct workshops and orientation programmes and take special care of them so that they can catch up with other students,” Singh said.
The administration also asked colleges to set up women grievance redressal and women empowerment cells. Anti-tobacco and anti-drug measures were also suggested by the District Magistrate.
“Every college should teach at least 50 girl students Judo, Karate as a step towards women empowerment. Colleges have been asked to not let any tobacco shop set up within 200 metres of their campus. Vigil will be kept at chemist shops that are near colleges to deter students from using drugs,” Singh said.