Ragging in India is a damaging form of interaction of the seniors in college or school with the juniors or the newcomers or the first years. It is similar to but not same as hazing in the United States, it is not an initiation. It involves insults (simple or suggestive sexual, sarcastic and even physical), running errands for seniors, and many other complex activities. Highly reputed Indian colleges have a wistful history of ragging especially Medical colleges. It has become increasingly unpopular due to several complaints of serious injury to the victims and strict laws regarding ragging. Ragging is now defined as an act that violates or is perceived to violate an individual student's dignity. It is more of a psychopathic behavior and reflection of deviant personalities. In our institute, all precautions have been taken to curb ragging. UGC, AICTE, DTE, VTU has sent circulars in this regard. No Ragging boards have been put up throughout the campus.
In view of the directions of the Honorable Supreme Court in the matter of “University of Kerala v/s Council, Principals, College & others”, in SLP No. 24295 of 2006 dated 16.5.2007 & that dated 8.5.2009 in Civil Appeal No. 887 of 2009 & in consideration of the determination of the central government & the UGC to prohibit, prevent & eliminate the scourge of ragging including any conduct by any student or students whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness, a fresher or any other student, or indulging in rowdism or indiscipline activities by any student / s which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological or harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in any fresher or any other student or asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or such fresher or any other student, with or without an intent to derive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by a student over any fresher or any other student, in all higher education institutions in the country, and thereby, to provide the healthy development, physically & psychologically, all students, the UGC, in consultation with the councils, bring forth this regulation.
In exercise of the powers conferred by the clause (g) of sub section (1) of section 26 of the UGC act 1956, the UGC hereby makes the following regulations namely
- Title commencement & applicability
- What constitute ragging ?
- Measures for prohibition of ragging at the institution level
- Measures for prevention of ragging at the institution level
- Action to be taken by the head of the institution
- Duties & responsibilities of the commission & the councils
- Administrative action in the event of ragging