Anti-Ragging Policy

Aim
To root out ragging in all its forms from Kaziranga University by instituting anti-ragging measures and providing for strict punishments to be meted out to persons violating the Anti-Ragging Regulations of the University.


Reference Drawn
a) Supreme Court Orders, b) Assam Government Act, and c) UGC Guidelines


What is Ragging?
Ragging is defined by the Supreme Court of India as:

  • Any disorderly conduct whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness any other student, indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities which causes or likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension there of in a fresher or a junior student.
  • Asking the students to do any act or perform something which such student will not do in the ordinary course and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of a fresher or a junior student.

Likewise, The Assam Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1999, enacted by the Assam Legislative Assembly defines Ragging as:

  • Either display or noisy or disorderly conduct or doing of any act which causes or is likely to cause social, physical or psychological harm
  • Raise apprehension or fear or shame or embarrassment to any student in any educational institution and includes teasing, abusing of, playing practical jokes on or causing hurt to, such students
  • Asking the student to do any act or perform something which such student will not, in the ordinary course, willingly do

Prohibition of Ragging
Ragging within the University Campus including its Schools / Departments, Offices common areas, open spaces and hostels is strictly prohibited.
Ragging in any form is prohibited inside or outside the campus


Punishment for Ragging
Those found guilty for ragging (both involved directly or aiding ragging) will be liable for one or more of the following punishments depending upon the gravity of the offence

  • Cancellation of admission
  • Suspension from attending classes
  • Withholding / withdrawing scholarship / fellowship and other benefits
  • Debarring from appearing in any test/ examination / withholding results
  • Debarring from representing the institution in any regional / national / international events / tournament / festival
  • Permanent Expulsion from the hostel / institution / university
  • Rustication from the University for a period not exceeding 4 semesters
  • A fine up to Rs. 2,50,000 (Rs. Two lakh fifty thousand).
  • Collective punishment when persons committing or abetting the crime cannot be identified

Measures for Eradicating Ragging

  • Admission Prospectus and admission letters will have full text of anti-ragging regulations
  • At the time of registration of a student in the University, an Affidavit on Rs.10 stamp paper, duly notarized, signed by the student and countersigned signed by the parent shall be mandatory. Format of the affidavit to be submitted is given on University website.
  • A student will not be registered until the affidavits as required are submitted
  • Create awareness through wide spread publicity – posters, leaflets etc. among the students, parents and guardians before the start of the Academic Session. The posters and banners etc. will be displayed at least 10 days before the start of a semester in all prominent places including Hostels, Cafeterias and common areas.
  • Every non-hostel student, at the time of registration will provide full particulars of his stay during the semester, whether staying with parents, relatives, friends, hired hostel / PG accommodation. The details will include full address, name and contact number of the person at the address in the application form.

General Provisions
Anti-Ragging Committee (ARC)

  • The University will constitute an Anti Ragging Committee (ARC) headed by the Vice Chancellor or his nominee. It will comprise of selected Faculty members, Parents, Students (including freshers), Hostel Boarders and nominated non-teaching staff, the police, district administration, NGOs and Media
  • The Committee will be responsible for ensuring preventive & corrective action in matters related to ragging / anti-ragging and will monitor and ensure that these regulations are complied with

Anti-Ragging Monitoring Cell (AMC)

  • The Anti-Ragging Monitoring Cell will be established at the University Level and will be fully responsible for ensuring that all Anti-Ragging rules, regulations and Measures are strictly followed. The cell will also ensure that appropriate action is recommended in all cases of ragging.

Anti-Ragging Squads (ARS)

  • A number of Anti-Ragging Squads shall be constituted. The number of squads will be based on the number of blocks / floors and strength of students so that the Anti-Ragging Measures can be effectively implemented
  • An Anti-Ragging Squad will compromise of senior faculty members and if required, representatives of senior and fresher students. Its functions will include going around / patrolling the Institution, hostels and the campus common areas, maintain vigil and take action if they notice any incidence of ragging.
  • To take every possible step to motivate the students to stay away from Ragging
  • ARS will also have the responsibility to investigate incidence of ragging and to report to the Anti-Ragging Monitoring Cell for immediate action

Responsibilities and Reporting
The Anti-Ragging Monitoring Cell will be responsible for Anti-Ragging monitoring for the University as a whole and function under the overall direction of Vice Chancellor.
A NODAL officer as per the UGC guidelines shall be appointed by the University.


Action Procedure
Anti Ragging Squads will patrol & immediately intervene to stop the incidence of ragging to the Anti Ragging Monitoring Cell (ARMC)
The ARMC will examine the report and recommend appropriate punishment which will be awarded after the approval of the Vice Chancellor (Reporting of the matter to the Civil Police or District Administration or Lodging of complaint / FIR may be done with the approval of the Chancellor / Vice-Chancellor)


Duties of Freshers
All freshers will be suitably advised at the time of registration and during orientation programs under the direction of the concerned Dean of School.

  • Freshers should not hesitate or feel shy of reporting any incident of ragging either as victim or as a witness
  • Freshers may resist individually or collectively any attempt by seniors towards ragging also immediately report to any authority of the University

Duties of Senior Students

  • The senior students should welcome the freshers in a most befitting manner and guide them in such a way so that they do not at all feel the absence of their parents and other relatives during their stay at the University.
  • It is the duty of the seniors to create a homely environment in the University campus where only love and affection, peace, helpfulness and co-operation find place but not jealously, hatred and animosity, also to create a healthy academic atmosphere congenial for pursuit of studies as well as proper growth and all round development of a student.

Conclusion
These Regulations are framed by the University in order to acquaint the members of the University family, particularly the Students with different provisions of law on prevention and prohibition of ragging in educational institutions. It is hoped that the Regulations will help the students in understanding the implications of ragging and keeping themselves away from this social evil.


NOTES:
In addition to above rules and regulations, it is advised to refer the following documents:

  • UGC regulations on curbing the menace of ragging in higher educational institutions, 2009 (under Section 26 (1)(g) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956) reference no. F.1-16/2007(CPP-II) dated. 17 June, 2009.
  • In the Supreme Court of India, Civil Appellate Jurisdiction, Civil Appeal No. 887 of 2009