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March 25, 2009

Regulatory bodies to implement strict anti-ragging measures



New Delhi: The Raghavan Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court for monitoring the measures to prevent ragging in higher educational institutions, met in New Delhi today to take stock of the situation and review the progress made by different regulatory bodies and other stakeholders who have been directed by the Court to implement the recommendations of it's report on anti-ragging measures.

The issue of a dedicated cadre of wardens in higher educational institutions was discussed and the Committee asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to provide funds to educational institutions and implement this from the ensuing academic session.

All the regulatory bodies have been asked to prepare strict regulations and place an effective monitoring mechanism in this regard as ragging dilutes the standards of higher education.

Dr. R.K. Raghavan expressed deep condolences for a medical student who recently expired in a ragging incident.

"Regulatory bodies should ensure that punitive action has to be taken in such incidents. Wherever any incident of ragging is reported and institutions do not take adequate steps for redressing the grievance, regulatory bodies must take strict actions such as de-recognition, denial of any grant-in-aid etc.," said Raghavan.

Mr. Raj Kachroo, the father of Aman Kachroo, a ragging victim who recently died, attended the meeting as a special invitee. Mr. Kachroo suggested various compulsory preventive measures including setting up a nationwide anti-ragging call centre, which were considered by the Committee.

Representative from the Medical Council of India (MCI) informed that the Council has prepared the guidelines to curb the menace of ragging in medical colleges. These guidelines have been circulated to all the medical colleges in India for compliance.

The Committee reiterated that as the Supreme Court has upheld the recommendation that ragging lowered the standards of higher education, each regulatory body responsible for maintaining standards of higher education was required to ensure that the directions of the apex court were strictly complied with.

As regards the recent incident of ragging, it was informed that a committee has been constituted by the MCI to visit Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda in Kangra to investigate and submit its report.

Representatives from UGC informed that an Expert Committee has been constituted for preparation of regulations for prevention of ragging in higher educational institutions.

Representative from Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) informed that regulations would be finalized in April to be implemented in the higher educational institutions conducting courses in Pharmacy.

Representative from All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) informed that AICTE approved technical institutions which are found to be violating guidelines of AICTE regarding ragging, necessary action including withdrawal of approval shall be taken against the defaulting institutions.

"No grants will be released to technical institutions, which have failed to prevent ragging, AICTE will take immediate steps to investigate the instances of ragging through Expert Committees/AICTE Regional Officers located at Chandigarh, Kanpur, Kolkata, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore. Representative from Dental Council of India informed that the Council has already prepared draft regulations which have been approved by Executive Council," said AICTE officials.

The Committee urged the Government to take necessary steps to take up intensive multi-media publicity campaign for generation of awareness as the ensuing academic session is likely to commence shortly.

Representatives from the UGC, AICTE, MCI, Dental Council of India (DCI), MCI, Nursing Council of India and Pharmacy Council of India also attended the meeting. source: http://indiaedunews.net

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