Nagpur: Cracking down on ragging menace rampant in colleges, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued anti-ragging posters and directed the universities and colleges to display these posters at prominent places in the premises.
The ragging scourge had led many victimised students to commit suicide in the past. However, after the stricter laws, the menace was curbed to some extent. But ragging continues to raise its ugly head at one place or another. According to a Supreme Court ruling in 2009, ragging was declared as criminal offence.
With the aim of creating mass awareness on ill-effects of ragging, the Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutes, 2009, were notified by the UGC in pursuance to the apex court’s judgment in one of the landmark cases. The norms mandate every institute to step up anti-ragging mechanism by adequately publicising its stance through various mediums, setting up anti-ragging committee and squad, installing CCTV cameras at vital points, organising workshops and seminars on eradication of ragging.
Now, the UGC has issued four anti-ragging posters and has directed the universities and colleges to display these posters at prominent places in their premises such as hostels, canteens, mess, academic blocks etc.