The Raghavan committee,appointed by the Supreme Court to monitor the implementation of anti-ragging measures,on Wednesday set an April deadline for all regulatory bodies in higher education to implement its recommendations and submit their proposed regulations. It asked the Human Resource Development Ministry to institute a national anti-ragging helpline in time for the next academic session.
The ministry is said to be considering the move. The committees recommendation for a dedicated cadre of wardens to ensure an effective and 24-hour check against ragging is also being considered,said officials.
The HRD Ministry is likely to outsource the helpline to a software firm and has accepted that it needs to be launched at the earliest. There is also a pressing need for a full-fledged cadre of wardens,as teachers cannot be expected to double as wardens, said a member of the committee. The UGC has been asked to provide funds to ensure implementation of the measure,starting this academic session.
The committee,it is learnt,has also prepared a scathing report on the track record of all regulatory institutes in implementation of anti-ragging measures and will present it to the apex court soon.
The committee is learnt to have framed deadlines for all regulatory bodies like the UGC,MCI,AICTE,PCI,starting from April 2 to 20,and will meet every month to monitor implementation of the anti-ragging measures.
The committees first meeting on Wednesday was attended by Dr Raj Kachroo,father of Aman Kachroo,who died after he was ragged by his seniors at a medical college in Himachal Pradesh earlier this month. He shared his views on how ragging can be curbed,pushing for a toll-free national helpline,stronger monitoring and implementation systems,and stringent penal provisions.
At the meeting,the committee,headed by the former CBI chief R K Raghavan,slammed the regulatory bodies like the UGC and the Medical Council of India for failing to check ragging in institutes. Indicting the authorities for failing to implement anti-ragging measures recommended for more than a year now,the committee expressed its disappointment with the authorities. It is said to have indicted them in strong words.
The committee has also asked the Government to take up intensive multi-media publicity campaign to generate awareness against ragging,ahead of the new academic session.