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Making DU a ragging-free zone

An initiative started by college students aims to rid campus of ragging through their innovative campaign.

education Updated: Jul 13, 2012 00:30 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times

As admissions to Delhi University and other colleges of the city come to an end, it’s time students gear up to join the campus.

Along with excitement and apprehension, most students face day one pangs and the fear of ragging. But, to make things easier for these nervous kids, Anti-Drugs Anti-Ragging (ADAR) campaign is back in a big way. Organised every year by Leaders For Tomorrow — a student run initiative on campus — the campaign aims at spreading awareness among students about ragging.

“Ragging still takes place on campus, it’s just that it has been given the name of positive and informal interaction,” says Vipin Vijay, who is a part of the initiative. Vijay recalls his experience from last year and says, “Asking a girl to dance in high pencil heels is also a sort of torture, you are actually making her feel uncomfortable.”

The campaign includes street theatre, peace walk, setting up of help desks at various colleges in the city and seminars sensitising senior students towards the adverse effects of ragging. “The idea is to grab everyone’s attention on campus. The cultural part of the campaign brings in more participation,” he adds.

Last year, the campaign was held across 110 colleges in the Capital, with participation from 15 members from each college. While the volunteer training programme for the initiative has already started, the campaign will commence on August 6.

“We want both freshers and senior students to take part in the campaign hence we scheduled it for August. The campaign was a big success last year and we are hoping the same for this year,” says Vijay.

DU’s anti-ragging update

-Police patrolling on both North and South campus

-Policemen in plain clothes will also travel in buses plying on the North Campus

-Posters publicising helpline numbers and contact details of senior police officers

-Colleges have already procured the affidavit from freshers saying that they are aware of ragging guidelines and will report any such incident

-Colleges such as Miranda House and Ramjas have prepared an anti-ragging booklet

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First Published: Jul 12, 2012 17:37 IST