Staff Reporter

UGC will finalise regulations by next week and send them to councils for follow-up action

Ragging victim Aman Kachroo’s father calls for a national helpline

NEW DELHI: To address the menace of ragging — the latest incident being reported from Coimbatore — an inter-council committee will soon be set up to sort out overlapping issues.

This was decided at a meeting convened by University Grants Commission Chairman Sukhadeo Thorat here on Monday with different statutory councils, such as the Medical Council of India and the National Council of Teacher Education, monitoring higher education.

In view of the recent incidents across India, the UGC prepared the draft regulations to root out the problem. These regulations were discussed at the meeting.

“The representatives of the various statutory councils and different State governments including Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh participated. The members agreed to constitute the inter-council committee for prevention of ragging. It will meet at least twice a year,” said Prof. Thorat.

The participants discussed the draft regulations and made various suggestions. Most of these suggestions were agreed upon and it was decided that these suggestions would be incorporated after being legally examined.

“The councils decided that they would frame regulations taking the UGC draft regulations as the base and make only marginal adjustments to address the issues peculiar to each one of them. The representatives also agreed that they will make efforts to finalise their regulations by the end of May,” said Prof. Thorat.

Meanwhile, the UGC will finalise the regulations by next week and send them to various councils for follow-up action.

Rajender Kachroo, father of Aman Kachroo, who died after he was beaten up by his seniors during ragging in an institution in Himachal Pradesh, attended the meeting. He made a presentation on the need for a national anti-ragging helpline.