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Keep campuses ragging-free, Odisha govt asks colleges, varsities

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 11:

The Higher Education department of the Odisha government has asked all colleges and universities to strictly implement anti-ragging directives issued by the Supreme Court of India to keep the campuses ragging-free and maintain strict vigil.

Odisha Govt LogoIt has asked the Higher Education directorate, Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) chairman and registrars of all universities to instruct all educational institutions to take necessary action to prevent ragging and strictly implement the order of the apex court.

The court in its order in 2009 had asked to constitute institution-level, district-level and university-level monitoring cells to prevent ragging in campuses and hostels.

“Every institution must have an Anti-Ragging Committee and an Anti -Ragging Squad. There should be a Monitoring Cell on Ragging at the University Level that would coordinate with the affiliated colleges and institutions under its domain. There should be a Monitoring Cell at the level of the Chancellor of the State Universities,” the apex court had observed.

In the light of the increasing number of commercially managed, private lodges and hostels for students outside the campus, it had directed that such hostels and their management must be registered with the local police authorities and permission to start such hostels or register them must necessarily be recommended by the heads of educational institutions.

It should be mandatory for both local police, local administration as well the institutional authorities to ensure vigil on incidents that may come within the definition of ragging, the order had said.

The court order had also said, wardens must be accessible at all hours and therefore it is important that they, be available on telephone and other modes of communication. Similarly, the telephone numbers of the other important functionaries such as heads of institutions, faculty members, members of the anti-ragging committees, district and sub-divisional authorities and state authorities wherever relevant, should also be widely disseminated for the needy to get in touch with or seek help from them in emergencies.

In order to sensitize the faculty and students, the court had directed that brochures or booklets/leaflets be distributed to each student at the beginning of each academic session to obtain a written undertaking not to indulge or abet ragging.