VELLORE: With a new academic year under way, district Collector Nanthagopal has urged educational institutions to closely monitor students for the next two months in order to prevent ragging incidents.
Speaking at a meeting of the district anti-ragging committee recently, Nanthagopal said though no incident of ragging had been reported from any part of the district so far. Pointing out that Tamil Nadu was the first State in the country to introduce the anti-ragging act in 1997 and making it mandatory for educational institutions to constitute a dedicated anti-ragging committee to monitor, and counsel students in their campuses.
Nanthagopal said good habits and good thinking should be inculcated among students and the initiatives taken by the government in preventing ragging must be made known to them.
Further, he called upon educational institutions to encourage freshers to lodge complaints about ragging by publicising mobile numbers of monitoring committee members. Teachers and heads of anti-ragging committees in colleges explained the various steps taken by them to prevent ragging including installation of close circuit cameras.