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Notice & cameras to check ragging

The next time anybody decides to rag students on the Patna University campus, they might be recorded on camera and punished.

The university has decided to put in place measures to protect students from ragging from the session starting July. In an attempt to create awareness about its anti-ragging measures, the administration would display charts and boards at different places at the institutions to make the students feel protected.

Pro-vice-chancellor Ranjit Kumar Verma said: “The administration would take all necessary measures in line with the University Grants Commission guidelines to prevent ragging incidents on campus. It would also be ensured that action is taken in such cases.”

Notice boards on the campus would tell students about ragging, its preventive measures and punishment for anybody indulging in it. The board would also have a toll-free number on which an aggrieved student can lodge a complaint. The university is also planning to install closed-circuit television cameras in different locations to keep tabs on ragging on campus.

This is not the first time the university has decided to check ragging. Steps taken to curb the menace although leave lot to be desired.

Around July last year, a ragging case was reported from BN College (a constituent of Patna University) when a vocational course fresher was allegedly harassed by some seniors. As action, the administration issued the students showcause notices. They were let off once they tendered an apology before the college principal.

The fresher, as well as the seniors, are still studying at the college together.

According to the university’s crackdown on ragging, squads comprising senior teachers (in colleges and one at the university level) would be strengthened. They have been directed to remain vigilant, especially at the start of the new session. The admission process is expected to be complete by June 30 after which classes can start by the first week of July.

In the hostels, superintendents have also been directed to remain alert. Orientation programmes to counsel new students and old to curb ragging would also be held.

Varsha, a second-year geology student at Patna Science College, said: “It is good that the university has decided to take strict measures to curb ragging. The administration although needs to remain alert to check ragging cases.”


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