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ISMU acts to curb ragging
- Student affidavits, counselling on cards

Dhanbad, July 27: Indian School of Mines University (ISMU) is all set to weed out the R-word from its campus.

Acting on a directive of the Union HRD ministry, the Dhanbad-based institute has implemented a number of measures, including constituting a high-level committee comprising representatives of the district administration, police and media, to check ragging.

It has also mounted efforts to appoint a psychiatrist to counsel students. Besides, for the first time, it has sought an affidavit from parents of all students, including freshers, that their wards would not indulge in ragging.

The students will also have to submit a separate affidavit promising that they will abide by all anti-ragging rules formulated by the institute.

The first-year BTech classes will start from August 10. Classes for postgraduate programmes have already begun.

The dean of students’ welfare, ISMU, P.S. Gupta, who is also the information officer, said: “Letters listing anti-ragging measures and punishments in case of violation have already been forwarded to undergraduate and postgraduate students along with boarders. We have also appointed faculty advisers to help newcomers cope with problems,” he added.

Regarding the anti-ragging committee, he said letters had been sent to the district administration and the media, requesting them to nominate representatives. The panel will hear complaints and take action against erring students.

Besides, four teachers will be in charge of the anti-ragging squad by rotation everyday for the first two weeks post-admissions.

Telephone numbers of all important officials, including the director, will be made available to the freshers.

The director of the institute will meet freshers before the induction session on August 9 and will inform them about the rules and regulations of the institute.

“We are following the directive of the HRD ministry to the letter and will take all possible steps to curb ragging,” Gupta promised.

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