Implement anti-ragging regulations: AASU

Guwahti, July 28: Reiterating its stand of ?zero tolerance? against ragging, the All Assam?Students? Union (AASU) has asked the authorities to strictly implement the anti-ragging regulations in all?educational institutions?and hostels.

The?students? body also met the Chief Secretary, Assam PP Varma and?submitted?a memorandum demanding necessary action to curb the menace of ragging in higher educational institutions, a State-level monitoring cell for ragging and a helpline.

AASU also stressed that?the head?of the institution and hostel warden should be held accountable for the incidents of ragging in their respective institutions. It also advocated punitive action for failure to ensure a ragging free environment in the?college?or hostel.

Addressing media persons here, AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya said that anti-ragging cells and squads should be constituted at every?educational institution?as per the guidelines laid down by?the University?Grants Commission and other regulations of the Supreme Court and the State Government regarding ragging should also be implemented.

The AASU assured that it would extend full support to every anti-ragging measure by the?college?or hostel authorities.

?Ragging is a social menace, which spoils the academic environment and we are totally against this ill-practice. As there is provision for punitive action against the?students involved in ragging, there should also be some strict penal action against?the head?of institution and hostel wardens to ensure proper implementation of?the regulations,? said Bhattacharya.

?There are some?hostels in?our State, where the warden does not reside in hostel campus or there is no warden at all. Chances of ragging increase in such campuses,? he added.

It may be mentioned here that the UGC regulations have a?calendar of events?for new students?that include joint?counselling?of fresh?students?and seniors in the departments and also in the?hostels in?the first week of the classes and the hostel. The guidelines suggest professional?counselling?of senior and junior?students?during the first three months and interactive meets in?department?and also in hostel during the first two weeks.

The Assam Prohibition of Ragging Act 1999 also mentions that beyond punitive measures within the institution, of?expulsion?and fine, if any criminal proceedings are instituted against a student, there are provisions of legal action.

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