With Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) all set to welcome new students in the new session, the varsity has decided to introduce new anti-ragging measures, including beefing up of security at hostels, to curb the menace.
GS Buttar, head of agronomy department and the chairman of the Anti-Ragging Committee, said that ARC, in an internal meeting conducted recently, had decided to post two professors in addition to the warden and an assistant warden at PAU hostels from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Besides this, students will be made to sign an undertaking to promising to refrain from indulging in such activities.
Those found involved in such activities also face the risk of being expelled from the university.
According to various sources from the department of International Linkages and Communication Centre (CCIL), a victim or his or her family is not satisfied with the punishment dealt with in individual instances, they could also approach the police to file a First Information Report (FIR).
Additionally, professors have been asked to report to their respective classes at least five minutes before they begin.
Battar said that the decisions taken at the meeting would help prevent incidents of ragging.
“Asking professors reporting to classes early and giving special hostel duties to them will certainly go a long way to encourage students to maintain discipline. We abide Supreme Courts’ orders on the issue. Severe punishment meted out to those violating anti-ragging rules,” he said.
Appreciating the measures, Karanvir Singh Sandhu, president of Punjab Agricultural University Students Association (PAUSA) said,
“Each year, PAU not only gets students from across the country but also from over 20 countries. Therefore, such decisions to curb the menace on the campus are necessary.”
Vice-chancellor BS Dhillon said, “We hope that ARC will play a strong role to enforcing discipline and encouraging a friendly environment on the campus.”