Institute Regulations on curbing the menace of Ragging
Ragging is a criminal offence as per the Supreme Court verdict. Ragging is an offence under section 498 a. of the Indian penal code and RGHUS Notification NO:AUTH/427/2009-2010 dated 01.08.2009, which defines ragging as:
- “Causing, including, compelling or forcing a student, whether by way of practical joke or otherwise, to do any act which detracts from human dignity or violates his/her person or exposes him/her to ridicule from doing any lawful act. By intimidating, wrongfully restraining, wrongfully confining, or injuring him or by using criminal force on her or by holding out to him/her any threat of intimidation, wrongful confinement, injury or the use of criminal force.”
- “Ragging in all its forms is totally banned at RCEW including in its departments, constituent units, all its premises (academic, or residential, sports and cafeteria) whether located within the campus or outside and in all means of transportation of students whether public or private. The institution shall take strict action including but not limited to criminal proceeding and/or cancellation of admission against those found guilty of ragging and/or of abetting ragging and the burden of proof shall hereby lie on the perpetrator of alleged ragging and not on the victim. An offence of Ragging may be charged either on a written complaint by the affected or on independent finding of the Anti Ragging Squad. The Institution is bound by the AICTE/UGC Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Education Institutions 2009.”
- Complying with the directives of the Honorable Supreme Court of India and RGUHS Notification dated No: AUTH/427/2009-2010 dated 01.08.2009 and DCI Notification No: DE-167-2008/A10119 dated 27.03.2009; and Anti-Ragging Squad is formed for overseeing the implementation of the recommendations of the Anti-ragging Verdict.
- An anti ragging committee headed by the principal is overall body responsible to prevent ragging in all to form & both within & outside the institution promises.
- This Squad comprising teaching faculty/ supporting staff, administrators and women representatives (various sections of the campus community) will have vigil, oversight and patrolling functions. It will be mobile, alert and active at all times and is empowered to periodically inspect places of potential ragging. It will make surprise raids on hostels and other hot spots. The Squad shall investigate incidents of ragging, make recommendations to the Institution level Anti-ragging Committee and shall work under the overall guidance of the said committee.
- The Squad will visit various potential locations and hostels (as decided by the team), both inside and outside the RCEW Campus, regularly on all days (on rotational basis), from 8 AM to 10 PM; will continuously monitor the situation and report to the anti-ragging committee from time to time. A vehicle will be made available to the visiting from 8 AM to 10 PM on all days.
Punishments against Ragging:
Depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established by the Anti-Ragging Committee of the Institution, the possible punishments for those found guilty of ragging shall be any one or any combination of the following:
- Suspension from attending classes and academic privileges
- Withholding / withdrawing scholarship / fellowship and other benefits.
- Forfeiting campus Placement opportunities / recommendations
- Debarring from appearing in any test/ examination or other evaluation process
- Withholding of results
- Debarring from representing the institution in any regional, national or international meet, tournament, youth festival etc
- Suspension/ expulsion from the hostel
- Cancellation of Admission
- Rustication from the institution for a period, ranging from 1 to 3 years
- Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution for a specific period
- Fine of Rupees 25,000/-
Collective Punishment: When the persons committing or abetting the crime of ragging are not identified shall resort to collective punishment as a deterrent to ensure community pressure on the potential raggers.
In additions, in case of every single incident of ragging, a First Information Report (FIR) will be filed with the local police authorities. The Possible punishment includes rigorous authorities. The possible punishment includes rigorous imprisonment (in compliance with the order of Supreme Court of India)
In the case of any ragging incident, the students may immediately call and bring it to the notice of above mentioned persons for necessary help, guidance and action.
The fresher/ junior students are hereby instructed that they should move in groups within the academic areas / campus, should not respond to the calls from seniors, should not participate in any kind of “Introduction Meet” anywhere inside/outside the campus, desist from doing anything against their will even if ordered by the seniors and that, they have nothing to fear as the institution cares for them and shall not tolerate any atrocities against them.