Smriti Kak Ramachandran

NEW DELHI: Rajender Kachroo, whose 19-year-old son Aman died after allegedly being ragged by his seniors at a medical college in Himachal Pradesh, met President Pratibha Patil here on Wednesday to seek her permission to take the “Aman Movement” to select universities across the country.

Sensitisation plan

Mr. Kachroo, who has been campaigning for eradication of ragging from educational institutions, wants to conduct a sensitisation programme for the administration, staff and students of select universities. The Aman Movement has been started as a crusade against ragging.

“Mr. Kachroo wanted the President’s permission to organise anti-ragging programmes in universities to drive home the message. He wants to sensitise university authorities against the social evil, which the President herself has expressed concern about,” said a Rashtrapati Bhavan official.

Financial support

“The President has approved of the idea and she has told the family to write to the Governors of various States, who are the Chancellors of the Universities, to seek their help in organising the programme. She was firm that the Governors should provide logistical and financial support to facilitate the movement,” the official added.

Referring to his meeting with the President, Mr. Kachroo said: “We will go with certain concrete proposals to the President’s Office next week. The movement that has been initiated involves work on multiple levels, the Government will look into one aspect, while regulatory bodies like the University Grants Commission have approved of some proposals we shared during a meeting with them earlier this month. Now we also need to sensitise students, parents, staff members, college and university authorities and the police through public forums.”