Respite for freshers: National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur
In its latest attempt to curb campus ragging, Adityapur-based National Institute of Technology (NIT) has constituted a surprise visit squad.
Sources at the cradle said the five-member squad of senior faculty members had been formed on Wednesday to reach out to students subjected to ragging.
Classes for the new batch at the cradle started this month. Freshers comprise nearly 600 BTech and 80 MCA students.
The anti-ragging team, comprising heads of five departments of the tech cradle, will make surprise visits to hostels and interact with students to assess if anti-ragging measures in place have been successful.
Victims of ragging can contact any of the five members at any time of the day.
The squad comprises heads of departments Y.P. Yadav (physics), S.N. Singh (electronics and communication engineering), A.N. Thakur (electrical engineering), M.K. Agrawal (metallurgical engineering) and S.K. Prasad (chemistry).
“The USP of this squad will be its approachability. This apart, we will take a series of steps to ensure no untoward incident takes place on campus,” said Yadav.
Earlier in August, NIT constituted anti-ragging committees at different levels. Panel members include a mix of faculty and hostel authorities as well as senior students.
A monitoring committee was also constituted to oversee their implementation and functioning.
At the same time, a team comprising dean (student affairs), chief warden, proctor and placement co-ordinator has been asked to conduct sensitisation programmes where students would be counselled regarding ills of ragging.
The cradle authorities have also instructed its employees to report any case of ragging or misbehaviour that comes to his or her notice.