Counselling programme organised by Ramakrishna Mission
To check ragging is collective responsibility of all, he says
Administers oath to students against ragging
Kakinada: The students of JNTU-Kakinada were advised by Vice-Chancellor Allam Appa Rao to desist from ragging freshers which would create a fear psychosis among the youngsters besides landing the perpetrators themselves in trouble. He warned that he would put the students who harass their juniors in the name of ragging, behind bars as deterrent action was needed to instil discipline and maintain it both on the varsity and affiliated college campuses.
Addressing students in a counselling programme (the first one of five such sessions) organized by Ramakrishna Mission on behalf of the JNTU-K here on Thursday, Prof. Rao said ragging spoilt the careers of students and it was high time the university took stringent measures while spreading awareness about the consequences of keeping the ugly tradition alive. Those resorting to ragging might have been so victimized in the early days of their own careers but that could not be the alibi to mete out same treatment to juniors for no fault of theirs.
Prof. Rao said he wanted the students to earn good reputation by excelling in studies and co-curricular activities. Ragging only fetcheed sadistic pleasure and ruined their careers and that of the juniors. The parents should not take their children for granted as they might be wayward outside homes. It was the collective responsibility of the teachers, parents and students.
Swami Gunesananda of Ramakrishna Mission (Visakhapatnam) called upon the students to be disciplined to come up in life. For that they need to have high values and be compassionate to fellow human beings. Ragging was an evil that vitiated the academic atmosphere. There should be friendship and camaraderie among students and not enmity borne out of such cruel habits as ragging.
Earlier, Prof. Rao administered an oath to the students that they would not indulge in ragging. JNTU-K Registrar V Ravindra, Director of Evaluation K Satya Prasad and JNTU Engineering College (Kakinada) principal GVR Prasada Raju were present.