Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in 2007, expressed concern over the incidents of ragging occurring in higher educational institutions and the need to eliminate it altogether. The report of the Raghavan Committee, constituted as per the directions of the Supreme Court of India has already directed the University Grants Commission, New Delhi to curb the menace of ragging.
Ministry of HRD, Government of India has taken a serious note of the incidents of ragging and is of the view that stern action should be taken against those indulging in ragging.
Ragging is a criminal offence and lowers the standards of education. Therefore, ‘Anti Ragging Policy’ adopted by the Institute takes care of preventive and other aspects of ragging. The policy adopted aims at:-
- Creation, development and nurturing a conducive socio-academic environment within the student population.
- Generating and maintaining a high level of confidence within new students and their parents / guardians.
- Prescribe deterrent measures for any violation of Anti Ragging Policy by the way of various disciplinary measures.
What Constitutes Ragging?
Any orderly conduct, 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 student
Indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities by any student or students which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm to raise fear or apprehension thereof in the mind of any student.
Asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary courses do and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely, affect the psyche of such fresher or any other student.
Any act by a senior student that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of any other student or a fresher.
Exploiting the services of a fresher or any student for completing the academic assignments of an individual or a group of students.
Any act of physical extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on fresher or any other student by students.
Any act of physical abuse including all variants of it: sexual abuse, homosexual assault, stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health of a person.
Any act of abuse by spoken words, e-mails, post, public insults, which would also include deriving perverted pressure, vicarious or sadistic thrill from activity or passively participating in discomfiture to fresher or any other student.
Any act that effects the mental health and self-confidence of a fresher or any student with or without an intent to derive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, superiority by a student over fresher or any other student.
Checking of migration certificates, character certificate and school leaving certificate:-
While giving admission to the student, these documents are checked properly. Any entry for involvement to this effect is investigated thoroughly before granting admission.
Declaration & Under Taking:-
Students give a declaration saying that they have gone through the Anti-Ragging Policy of the Institute and agree to sign the declaration regarding Anti Ragging and submit the same duly counter signed by parents / guardian at the time of admission. He/She signs the following under taking:-
“I am aware that ragging is banned in SGRRITS, Dehradun and if I am found guilty of ragging, I will be liable for appropriate punishment, which includes expulsion from the Institute”.
Hoarding and Bill Boards:-
Hoarding and Bill Boards at prominent places within the campus and inside department buildings and banners are placed indicting do’s and don’ts, including brief on anti-ragging.
Address by Director, Dean Administration and Head of the constituents:-
At the beginning of the academic session the Director, Dean Admin and HOD’s of respective Departments address the students and introduce them to Anti Ragging Policy of the Institute
Printed Booklet for New Entrants:-
In order to raise confidence and address natural anxiety among freshers, each new entrant is provided with specially designed handy information booklet (which he / she can carry in his / her pocket) at the time of admissions. The booklet contains Anti ragging policy, details of the committee members along with telephone / mobile numbers. In case of any exigency, he / she can contact any member on phone.
New Batch Inaugurals:-
A date is given to the freshers to join. First three days are kept for familiarization. New batch is explained in detail about the Institute by the respective Department HOD and faculty. Class is addressed by Director, Dean Admin about Anti Ragging Policy and they are provided with telephone / cell number of anti ragging committee members.
Seniors are encouraged to organize a welcome party for freshers. Senior course students organize such parties and freshers introduce themselves. HOD and faculty members participate in the party to ensure maintenance of decorum
Watch and ward arrangements:-
Anti-ragging squads are made by detailing of faculty and administrative staff to identify vulnerable locations like canteen, isolated classrooms, parking area and playing area etc. Regular vigil and watch is kept on such locations. These squads keep moving in the Institute premises and prevent occurrence of ragging at any such places.
Regular Counseling session are held by professional counselors in order to prepare fresher’s / students for the social and academic life ahead, including adjusting to life in hostels.
Social, Cultural and sports activities:-
Institute organizes social, cultural and sports activities on a mixed group pattern, with the cross section of senior and junior students. The committees are coordinated under the guidance of an appointed faculty. This results into cross section / inter departmental interaction and cohesiveness.
Ragging Reporting Procedure:-
If any individual believes that he or she has been subjected to ragging or has knowledge of any such incident, shall have option to file a complaint with the Director / Dean Admin / Deputy Registrar or Anti Ragging Committee member. The complaint can be in writing or oral. A written complaint will always be preferred.
An enquiry committee has been made in the institute. Committee comprises of male and female members. Complaints are immediately reported to the enquiry committee. They further carry out their investigations and give findings to the Director / Dean Administration.
Process of Enquiry:-
The enquiry adheres principles of natural justice. Detail of the process would be identical as the case of Policy Prohibiting Discriminations and Sexual Harassment adopted by the Institute.
Punishment / Penalties for Ragging:-
Based on the findings and recommendations of the enquiry committee, the Director / Dean Admin will be empowered to impose any punishment / punishments listed below:-
- Prosecutions for criminal offence.
- Suspension from class for a limited period.
- Filing FIR with the local police.
- Fine with public apology.
- Debarring from exam.
- With-holding result.
- With-holding scholarship and other benefit if any.
- Debarring from representing an event.
- Expulsion from Hostel.
This policy gives guidelines for prevention of ragging and after action on occurrence of any such case in the Institute. Policy is deemed to change from time to time suiting the requirement and situation. All out efforts will be made to prevent any case of ragging in the Institute.