GUNTUR: Ragging is a cultural shock for many of the rural students as majority of the victims are from socially and economically backward areas, observed Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education Chairman K.C. Reddy.
Majority of the acts of ragging are resorted to by students from second and third year of a professional college, while those in the final year usually do not take to such practices as they do not find time, he said while addressing a large gathering of students from Acharya Nagarjuna University Campus College on Thursday.
Asking police officials and district administration to help university authorities by forming anti-ragging squads, he promised to extend all support to the administrators from Government and university authorities. He advised the university officials to take care of the ragging menace in other affiliated colleges by sending squads to conduct surprise checks. Suggesting creation of mobile checking squads, he told the students to not to resort to crime as it was a crime and those supported it by silently watching it were also liable for prosecution.
Popular comedian Dharmavarapu Subhrahmanyam asked students to overcome the weak moment when they resort to ragging. Ragging was like romancing, but when it goes to extreme levels it turns into ragging, he observed. There was difference between laughing for humour and teasing and ragging was also an extreme case of getting to know a new student in a harsh way. Agreeing that scenes in the cinema had impact on the students, he wanted the Censor Board to be more stringent and edit out such scene, that have an impact on young minds. "You may see some scenes in the movies, but must differentiate between reality and reel life," he added.
District Collector B. Ramanjaneyulu and Vice-Chancellor Y. Haragopal Reddy released a poster on ragging. The Collector termed it as a psychelogical problem among some senior students.
The Superintendent of Police Shankha Brata Bagchi said that the punishment ranged from 1 year jail to 10 years and Rs.50,000 as penalty depending on the degree of offence. "A small mistake could spoil your entire career and life. You might lose a chance to get jobs in Government sector," he told students.