No ragging please, we are DUites

It’s just a week away for the new batch of students of the University of Delhi [DU] to begin their journey of learning. The new academic session is slated to commence on 23 July. As is wont, the senior students are likely to rag their juniors. Not if the administration has its way, though.

The DU administration and the Delhi police are joining hands to check ragging on the campus and to make it safe for the new students from being victimised by the traditional practice of ragging.

According to Usha Rao, proctor of DU, ‘The university has pulled its socks up to ensure peace and harmony while welcoming the newcomers. Anyone found misbehaving with the freshers on the campus will be dealt with severely under the anti-ragging guidelines of UGC. The freshers, if they are subjected to any sort of ragging, should inform the proctorial team or the anti-ragging team.’

‘We have been in touch with the law and order authorities, our security staff and other agencies concerned to ensure that incidents of ragging, eve-teasing are addressed with firmness and that discipline is strictly maintained in the university.’ added proctor.

The authorities also claimed that the cases of ragging have decreased over the last six years.
The principal of Shri Ram College of Commerce P C Jain, said, that ‘ragging is crime, I advised seniors not to indulge in this activity.’

‘A few students of the 2011 batch felt that the incidents of ragging go unreported because of the fear that senior students had created among the juniors’ said Gagandeep, a student at the Dayal Singh College doing his final year History [H].

On the other hand, the Delhi police has also decided to be strict with the senior students if they make an attempt to harass the juniors. ‘We will not take it lightly,’ said Sindhu Pillai, deputy commissioner [north].

Proctor office have formulated certain guidelines to curb the menace of ragging. The hostel administration in university and college hostels has been asked to ensure that no illegal guests stay in the hostel and indulge in ragging.

The ministry of human resources development [MHRD] has launched a 24 X 7 toll free anti-ragging helpline number [1800-1805522]; freshers can send report to; and sealed compliant boxes are placed in front of the principal’s office, especially in those undergraduate colleges which have hostels, for the benefit of the potential victims of ragging to enable them to put their complaints/suggestions for college authorities and officials in each college on whom the responsibility has been entrusted would look into these complaints and take prompt necessary action, as per university norms.
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