Anti Ragging Policy

Introduction

  • 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, SGRR University Anti Ragging Policy 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 way of various disciplinary measures.

What constitutes Ragging?

  • Any disorderly 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 academic activity of any other student or 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 pleasure, 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.

Preventive Actions

  • Checking of migration certificates, character certificate and school leaving certificate

    While giving admission to the student, these documents are checked properly. Any remarks of 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 University and agree to sign the declaration regarding Anti Ragging and submit the same duly counter signed by parents/guardian at the time of admission.

    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 the leadership of University

    At the beginning of the academic session the University leader ship address the students and introduce them to Anti Ragging Policy.

  • Printed Booklet for New Entrants

    In order to raise confidence and address natural anxiety among fresher’s, 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 Fresher’s to join. First three days are kept for familiarization.

  • Fresher’s Party

    To build a strong bonding between the seniors & juniors, seniors are encouraged to organize a welcome party for fresher’s.

  • 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 a constant vigil.

  • Professional Counseling

    Regular Counseling sessions 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

    University 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 Authorities office or Anti- Ragging Committee member. The complaint can be in writing or oral. A written complaint will always be preferred.

Enquiry Committee

An enquiry committee has been made in the University. 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 Authorities.

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 University.

Conclusion

This policy gives guidelines for prevention of ragging and after action on occurrence of any such case in the University. 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 University.

Punishment / Penalties for Ragging

Based on the findings and recommendations of the enquiry committee, the University authorities 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 benefits if any.
  • Debarring from representing an event.
  • Expulsion from Hostel.