With a week to go for the new session to begin, Delhi University has already set in motion measures to curb ragging on campus and ensure a safe environment for students enrolling this year.
For starters, university officials have already met with officials from the Delhi Police as well as the Delhi Transport Corporation to discuss facilitation of “smooth induction of students” and devise a mechanism to prevent ragging.
Two joint control rooms — one in North and the other in South Campus — will be set up to monitor cases of ragging. The university has also asked colleges to put up rules regarding prohibition of ragging on college premises.
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Anti-ragging and vigilance squads as well as disciplinary committees — comprising teachers and students — have been constituted to check ragging. The university campus will also see police pickets being placed outside colleges.
“Any acts of indiscipline, ragging, will be dealt with strictly under the University’s Statutes, Ordinances, which gives legal authority to principals/heads/directors/provosts/wardens to take preventive as well as punitive action. Police assistance will be sought whenever the situation warrants it,” DU Registrar Tarun Das said.
“Sensitive areas on the campus have been put under electronic surveillance to curb incidents of ragging and eve-teasing. Patrolling has also been enforced to monitor and take speedy action in case of untoward incidents,” Sharma added.
Besides deployment of women police officers in civilian clothes, the university has also asked for deployment of martial arts-trained women security personnel at ‘sensitive places’ in and around the university.
DU has also asked colleges to submit weekly reports to the varsity detailing anti-ragging measures taken by them during the first three months of the academic session. The new session commences on July 21.