KURNOOL: Deputy Superintendent of Police S. Ramnath has asked college managements to bring awareness among the junior and senior students about the implications of ragging, since it is a serious cognizable offence. Lack of awareness among students about the offence, many students indulged in it, he felt.
Addressing a meeting at Silver Jubilee College here on Thursday, he, along with Juvenile Justice Board Member D. Narasimhachar, said that society had been sensitised against ragging. Anybody found guilty of the offence would face severe punishment. Mr. Narasimhachar said apart from awarding punishment, the offenders should be subjected to other penal actions like denial of scholarship and recording of the character in the conduct certificates.
He said if the wardens spent more time in the hostels, incidence of ragging could be drastically brought down. He suggested complaint boxes in the colleges so that the authorities could gather information of the hostels. Every institution should have anti-ragging squad for the first three months of the academic year.
Also, a town-level panel with police and revenue officials was planned to monitor the conditions in colleges and hostels. Principal TJR Prasad, Appa Rao and Laxmi Prasanna, teachers, and others spoke.