Rajasthan colleges told to set up anti-ragging panels
Rajasthan government has directed all government colleges in the state to form anti-ragging committees to curb harassment of junior students, officials said Tuesday.
A committee at each district headed by the collector and another state-level committee will also be set up, they added.
"There have been some serious cases of ragging at some colleges in the recent past. Eight engineering students had to be suspended on charges of ragging junior students at the government-run MBM Engineering College in Jodhpur Aug 31," said a senior officer of the state's higher education department.
The officer said that members of NGOs, media persons, non-teaching staff of the respective college and senior students will be among the members of the committee to be formed by the college. The college principal will head the committee.
"The committee will take cognizance of every complaint of harassment by senior students and probe them. If the senior student is found guilty, appropriate action will be taken against him or her," said the officer.
The committee members will be entitled to raid a government college hostel or any premises if a ragging complaint is received.
"Earlier, the administration of the respective university to which the college is affiliated used to take action in ragging incidents," said the officer.
Similar committees will be formed at district and state level, the official said.
"These committee will review various ragging cases reported in the colleges and oversee if the proper action was taken."
Police had slapped criminal cases against 16 students of Jai Narain Vyas University in Jodhpur in September last year after a first year engineering student went into depression following ragging.