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Colleges get strict on ragging,squads keep eye on campuses

The first day of classes for undergraduate admissions saw the university and colleges going out of their way to ensure that no “acts of indiscipline” were seen on campus.

The first day of classes for undergraduate admissions saw the university and colleges going out of their way to ensure that no “acts of indiscipline” were seen on campus.

As part of the anti-ragging measures,the university had asked colleges to appoint anti-ragging committees and display the numbers of the members of the committee on the college notice boards.

“We have also been provided with a copy of the contact details of these committee members and this list has been shared with police. In case of any incident being reported,it will be easier to address the grievance quickly and at the college-level itself,” said Professor Usha Rao,Proctor of DU.

Usha Rao said two joint control rooms have also been put in place on both the campuses. “We have issued guidelines to all the heads of colleges in the North and South campuses,” she said.

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The Delhi Police had also provided the colleges with several posters to raise awareness on the issue of ragging. Apart from several helpline numbers,the posters also have a list of “safety measures” that girls,in particular,need to take.

“These posters have also been put up on the seven ‘Walls of Democracy’ in the university. Through a special arrangement with the Delhi Police,we have decided to deploy personnel in plain clothes and in uniform in different parts of the campus as well as on the Metro and buses,” said Usha Rao.

One of the major concerns of the university authorities is to ensure the safety of students from the North-east. “A North-east Student Welfare Cell has been set up is to look into complaints of students form these parts. We have identified certain areas near the university which are prone to ragging incidents,” said Professor Rao during the orientation session in Motilal Nehru College on Monday.

Like most of the university colleges,Hansraj College,too,has formed an anti-ragging committee. “The police have been stationed outside the college and the anti-ragging committee will do regular rounds within the college,” said Hansraj principal Dr V K Kawatra .

The spokesperson in Lady Shri Ram College,Kanika Khandelwal,said: “We have distributed handbooks which have several helpline numbers. The college has also constituted flying squads to look into any acts of ragging. Around 50 second and third year students will be wearing a different kind of jacket to college for the whole of this month. The students can register with these senior students.”

At Sri Venkateswara College,the members of the anti-ragging committee will be wearing badges.

Dr Rao,spokesperson of Venkateswara College,said: “Over ten CCTV cameras have been installed at various points on the college campus. The anti-ragging squads not only include faculty members and non-teaching staff,but also senior students. They have been divided into groups and each group will be on hour-long rounds till 2 pm.”

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