The University Grants Commission issued a notice on September 16 reiterating that hazing is a criminal offense and there are regulations in place to curb the menace of hazing. The notice said: “These regulations are mandatory and all institutions must take the necessary measures for their implementation as a whole.”
The notice further assured that if any institution fails to comply or does not take appropriate steps to prevent the star or punish the perpetrators, UGC will take punitive action against the institution.
Students in distress may call the National Anti-Ragging Helpline: 1800-180-5522 or email at [email protected]. In case of emergency, you can contact the UGC monitoring agency, Center de Joventut (C4Y) on 09818044577.
The UGC asked the institutions to establish mechanisms to fight against disenfranchisement by:
Adequate advertising through different media
Constitution of a committee against skitting and a team against rags
Assembly of an anti-raging cell
Installation of CCTV cameras at vital points
Realization of anti-ragging workshops and seminars
Website update with complete details of nodal officers
Display the email address and contact details of the Nodal Officer of the Anti-ragging Committee on the website and in the campus (admission centre, departments, library, canteen, hostel etc.)
Advice and regular interaction with students
Identification of problem triggers
Institutions were also asked to ensure that anti-wear warnings are published in prospectuses, e-prospectus and e-information leaflets. It has also been responsible for carrying out surprise inspections in hostels, student accommodation, canteens, rest and recreation centres, toilets, bus stops, etc. And placement of 8’x6′ anti-tear signs at all locations.
The UGC also asked institutions to make it mandatory for every student and parent to submit an online undertaking to antiragging.in during each academic year. Institutions must implement the revised procedure for students to submit an online affidavit against alteration. The student will receive an email with his registration number, then the student will forward this email to the nodal office of his college on his email.
The UGC has also asked the institutions to add a mandatory column in the admission form regarding the Anti Ragging Company Reference Number. They have also been asked to fill the online compliance antiragging.in.
Unlike previous cases, students will not receive pdf affidavits and will not need to print or sign them.
The regulations are available on the UGC website- ugc.ac.in i antiragging.in.