Ragging can be traced back to the 7th/8th Century AD. In ancient Greece, new entrants to the sporting community were subjected to teasing to inculcate the team spirit. The passage of time saw this technique being adopted by the military forces, and then by the education system. Gradually as education became more accessible, ragging emerged as an instrument to humiliate students from different backgrounds.
In this light, it is indeed noteworthy that Swami Vivekanand Subharti University has a “ragging free” atmosphere. The varied activities in academics, sports and cultural activities in the University encourage the flow of energy to retain a healthy environment.
This information is for students and parents/guardians and is in the interest of abiding by the directives of Honble. Supreme Court of India.
DIRECTIVES OF THE HONOURABLE SUPREME COURT ON THE MENACE OF RAGGING
In view of the increasing incidents of ragging in colleges and elsewhere that reached proportions unbecoming of a civilised society the Hon’ble Supreme court admitted and heard the SLP No (s) 24295 of 2006 University of Kerala Vs Council, Principals’, Colleges, Kerala & Ors (with SLP(C) No.24296-99/2004 & W.P. (Crl) No. 173/2006 and SLP(C) No.14356/2005).
Pursuant to an order of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India dated November 27, 2006, the Ministry ofHuman Resource Development has constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri R.K. Raghavan (former Director, CBI) to look into the issue of ragging and suggest means of prevention of ragging in educational institutions.
The Committee primarily examined the following broad aspects of ragging: (a) Means and methods of prevention of ragging. (b) Possible action that can be taken against persons indulging in ragging. (c) Possible action that can be taken against college/university authorities in the event of ragging. The Committee had carried out a very detailed study with the help of voluntary organizations including CURE (Coalition for Uprooting Ragging from Education) and SPACE (Society for Peoples Action Change and Enforcement) and collected voluminous public opinion on the various factors contributing for ragging. Noted psychologists and educationists assisted the committee. The National Informatics Centre at the Ministry of Human Resources hosted a guest book in their website. Nearly eleven press releases were made during this period of evaluation and committee visited several cities in the country. A subcommittee of the Medical Council of India was also constituted for this purpose. A questionnaire was prepared that elicited over 12500 responses. In short a wide cross-section of the society provided the necessary background information, data and suggestions on tackling ragging in the country for consideration by the esteemed committee.
Subsequently the committee submitted a detailed report with suitable recommendations and measures required to effectively curb the menace. The recommendations of the Committee were duly accepted and the following directives have been issued to all the educational institutions for necessary implementation by the Hon’ble Supreme Court on 16 May 2007.
(I).The following factors need to be focused to tackle with the problem:
NO INCIDENT OF RAGGING WAS REPORTED TO THE ANTI RAGGING COMMITTEE DURING THE PREVIOUS ACADMIC CALENDAR.
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