Jawaharlal Nehru University has implemented a host of measures to curb ragging on its campus and an anti-ragging committee and anti-ragging squad have been formed for the purpose.
Informing about the decision, former Joint Registrar of JNU and member-secretary of the committee and squad Fateh Singh said: “The university is very strict in this regard and will not permit any instance of ragging. An anti-ragging squad consisting of senior professors has been formed. The task of this squad is to remain vigilant and take action against any complaints on ragging.”
The anti-ragging committee is larger than the squad and consists of media persons, members of the public, police personnel, senior professionals and students. The committee too will look into ragging-related complaints.
“Display signs and posters discouraging ragging have been put all over the campus and particularly in areas where students interact – namely the hostels, departments and other public places. A circular has also been sent to the various Heads of departments, centres and hostel wardens.
“The wardens have been asked to hold regular meetings with the hostel committees,” Mr. Singh added.
Students who are caught ragging face the risk of being evicted from their hostels and suspension from the campus for some duration.
“Depending on the case, we may also lodge a police complaint,” Mr. Singh cautioned.
Help lines established
Telephone help lines have also been established which students can use for registering complaints. The identity of those who make complaints shall be kept confidential. The JNU chief security officer, security inspector, North Gate security, anti-ragging committee and the UGC helpline can all be contacted at their respective numbers which have been widely-publicised.
Meanwhile, another anti-ragging helplines established by the Human Rescue Team will be operated by student representatives from JNU, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi University and Indraprastha University.
Aligarh Muslim University's Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College too has taken steps to prevent ragging.