As the new academic session is all set to begin,Panjab University has announced its decision to adopt a zero-tolerance policy against ragging.
Declaring ragging to be a cognisable offence,the university has called upon the the students to immediately report any such matter to the concerned authorities which includes the chairperson of the department or the hostel warden,as the case may be.
The students can also complain to the university authorities,which includes the Dean University In Charge (DUI),Dean,Student Welfare (DSW),deputy registrar and the chief security officer. The contact numbers of the officials have also been published in the handbook of information,and displayed on the university website.
According to the university spokesman,abetment to ragging,criminal conspiracy to rag,unlawful assembly and rioting while ragging,public nuisance created during ragging,violation of decency and morals through ragging,injury to body,causing hurt or grievous hurt,wrong restraint,wrongful confinement,use of criminal force,assault as well as sexual offences or unnatural offences,extortion,criminal trespass,offences against property,criminal intimidation,attempts to commit any or all of the above mentioned offences against the victim(s),physical or psychological humiliation and all such offences will be considered ragging.
In order to curb any such activity,the university has declared that punishments in such cases could range from cancellation of admission,suspension from attending classes and academic privileges,withholding scholarship/ fellowship and other benefits,debarring from appearing in any examination,withholding results or even debarring from representing the institution in any competition.
Students found indulging in such an activity can also face expulsion from the hostel and fine ranging between Rs 25,000 to Rs one lakh and even rigorous imprisonment upto three years.