At alumni meetings some people revisit the old days and reminisce how they broke the ice with their seniors and the fun they had while ragging or getting ragged .
However, what is an enjoyable experience for some can be an extremely traumatic experience for others. Revengeful and perverted minds have often taken it to a level that is a violation of human rights.Therefore, ragging has been listed as a punishable offence under the Andhra Pradesh Prohibition of Ragging in Education Act 26 of 1997. Students of Andhra University College of Engineering (A) and Andhra University College of Engineering for Women took out an anti-ragging rally from AU Registrar’s office to Dr. YVS Murthy Auditorium on Saturday. The rally ended in a meeting that was attended, among others, by Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju, District Judge V. Jayasurya, and Deputy Commissioner of Police P. Viswaprasad.
Mr. Viswaprasad, while sharing anecdotes on his experience of being ragged, gave the freshers tips on how to deal with seniors if they indulged in ragging.
He listed the various punishments that can be given to those who commit the crime. He even encouraged students to approach the police if they faced any problems.
Jayasurya spoke about the legal implications of ragging.
Prof. Raju said Andhra University was a ragging-free campus and he hoped it would stay that way.
He said the college had committees at the university level, college level, department level, hostel level, floor level, and an anti-ragging squad to ensure that no student was ragged on campus.
He also announced a toll-free number 1800-425-0891 which students can call if they were ragged.
Ch.V. Rama Chandra Murthy, Principal, A.U. College of Engineering (A), presided over the meeting. K. Rama Mohana Rao, Registrar, Metropolitan Sessions Judge Ganesh Babu, and Venugopal Rao from the District Legal Services Authority spoke.