Special steps to check ragging

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: With Delhi University colleges all set to start their new academic year from this coming Saturday, special security measures have been taken to prevent ragging on the campus.

In an official statement on Wednesday the University said two joint control rooms -- one on the North Campus and the other on the South campus -- have been set up, with colleges too being made to form disciplinary squads to check any indecent activity. Police pickets have also been set up outside every college with special assistance for women's college.

The measures were announced following a meeting of the University's Proctorial Board that was also attended by officials from the Delhi police. Colleges have been asked to strictly enforce the rules and regulations, especially the provisions of Ordinance XV-B, XV-C and XV-D pertaining to maintenance of discipline, prohibition and punishment for ragging and policy against sexual harassment. Colleges have also been asked to provide sealed complaint boxes and fix the responsibility of looking into the complaints received and take action when required. Regular and unannounced inspection will be made to detect unauthorised entry/stay in hostels. No guests will be allowed to stay in the hostel during the initial weeks of re-opening of the University of the new academic session.

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