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Strict regulations required for enforcing anti-ragging measures: Committee

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Expressing disappointment over some degree of helplessness shown by the regulatory bodies in eliciting information from educational institutions, the Raghavan Committee has asked the regulatory bodies to prepare specific and strict regulations to enforce anti-ragging measures in the Higher Educational Institutions.

It has also called for steps to ensure that educational institutions become zero tolerance campuses in respect of ragging.

The Committee, led by Dr R K Raghavan, has been appointed by the Supreme Court for monitoring the measures to prevent ragging in higher educational Institutions. At a meeting yesterday, representative from the UGC informed the Committee that a separate Cell has been constituted in the Commission to look up the matters relating to ragging in Universities and colleges.

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The Raghavan Committee felt that release of grants under various schemes of the UGC should be linked with the compliance by institutions with the Supreme Court directions in this regard. Incentives by way of higher grants should be provided by the Commission to the higher educational institutions which ensure that ragging does not take place in their campuses in any form, it felt. It also asked statutory regulatory bodies to direct educational institutions to incorporate in admission notices appropriate messages regarding 'zero tolerance' towards ragging.

The Committee reiterated that as the Supreme Court has upheld the recommendation that ragging lowered the standards of higher education, each regulatory body responsible for maintaining standards of higher education was required to ensure that the directions of the apex court were strictly complied with. It also observed that in cases where institutions do not take adequate steps to redress such grievance, the regulatory bodies must conduct enquiries through fact finding committees.

Since the new academic session is likely to commence shortly, the Committee urged the Centre to take immediate steps to take up intensive multimedia publicity campaign in order to reinforce anti-ragging measures as directed by the Supreme Court. Representatives from the University Grants Commission, All India Council for Technical Education, Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India, Nursing Council of India attended the meeting.

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