All colleges affiliated to the University of Pune (UoP) will henceforth have to submit a semester-wise report on implementation of anti-ragging measures to the varsity. Earlier,the practice was of submitting it only once a year.
The decision,which is expected to ensure strict compliance of guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Supreme Court,as well as provisions of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act,1999,has been welcomed by colleges and students unions alike.
We used to seek action-taken report on implementation of anti-ragging measures from colleges on an annual-basis. However,the university administration,has in the recent past,come across several inquires from the government and other bodies about the anti-ragging measures taken up by colleges. So,now the colleges will have to submit the report every semester, UoPs students welfare department head Pandit Shelke told Newsline on Monday.
The UoP has around 612 affiliated colleges and all of them have to submit the semester-wise report. Speaking with Newsline,the principal of Vidya Pratishthans Arts,Science and Commerce College at Baramati taluka in Pune district,said the decision would heighten alertness and awareness about ill-effects of ragging.
In this context,students activist Nilesh Borate said,Awareness is building on campuses about the fallout of ragging. But,sporadic incidents do occur in which young students lose their lives. UoPs decision for stricter norms would further reduce the possibility of such unfortunate incidences.
Just as a fresh academic year is about to begin,UoP reminded colleges about the slew of measures necessary to prevent ragging on campuses,including hostels. Urging colleges to start their own anti-ragging movement on their respective campuses,the university issued separate notifications to colleges,enlisting anti-ragging measures recommended by the UGC,the apex court as well as the anti-ragging act of the state.
Accordingly,colleges will have to highlight in their prospectus punishment meted out to students if found guilty of ragging punishments that would include expulsion,withholding scholarships and even results.
Citing anti-ragging rules,UoP also warned of withholding government funds to college if frequent incidents of ragging were reported there.
Colleges have been told to hold counseling sessions on the ill-effects of ragging at the start of every academic year,including special counseling for students admitted in hostels. They should also display banners,billboards and hoardings in prominent locations of their campuses to increase awareness among students.
Among other important measure,colleges will also have to set up anti-ragging committees and squads,and ensure the contact details of their members are made easily available to students.