Curbing the menace of ragging in Higher Educational Institutions

Jul 03, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on June 27, 2019, has notified some recommendations and action steps which are required to be deployed in all institutions for curbing the menace of ragging in Higher Education Institutions. The UGC had notified a Regulation on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Education Institutions, 2009. These Regulations are mandatory for all higher educational institutions in the country.

Basic Measures:

1. Constitution of anti-ragging committee, anti-ragging squad, setting up of anti-ragging cell and adequate publicity for these measures through various media are to be undertaken.

2. Mention of anti-ragging warning in the institution’s prospectus and information booklets or brochures shall be ensured.

3. Updating websites of institutions with the complete address and contact details of nodal officers related to anti-ragging committee.

4. Each student and every parent have to submit an online undertaking in every academic year.

5. UGC has expanded the definition of ragging stating that any act of physical or mental abuse (including bullying and exclusion) targeted at another student fresher on the ground of colour, race, religion, caste, ethnicity, gender etc.

6. Installing CCTV cameras at viral points.

All institutions are requested to take counselling and monitoring measures:

1. Regular interaction and counselling with the students can detect early signs of ragging and identification of trouble-triggers.

2. Surprise inspection at hostels, students accommodation, canteens, rest-cum-recreation rooms, toilets, bus-stands and another measure should be undertaken.

3. All institution should organize events like anti-ragging workshops, seminars and other creative avenues. 

4. Also safety and security apps without affecting the privacy of individuals can be creatively deployed.

The UGC has also initiated other measures to ensure a ragging free campus, a fundamental requirement for a supportive and fair institutional climate which is open to change, learning and progress. Any violation of UGC Regulations or failure of institution to take adequate steps to prevent ragging or failure to punish perpetrators of any incidents of ragging, will attract punitive actions under the UGC Act.

[UGC Notice D.O. No. 1-15/2009 (ARC) pt.III]


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