BENGALURU: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all the universities and higher education institutions across the nation to implement a special drive on ragging prevention programme.
In a circular issued to higher education institutions and universities, UGC has directed heads of institutes to install CCTV cameras and conduct surprise checks in hostels, restrooms, canteens and bus stops.
The circular reads: “You are requested to step up anti-ragging mechanism by way of adequate publicity through various mediums: constitution of anti-ragging committee and anti-ragging squad, setting up of anti-ragging cell, installing CCTV cameras at vital points, anti-ragging workshops, updating all websites with nodal officers’ complete details and (setting up) alarm bells. Regular interaction with students, identifying trouble triggers, mention of anti-ragging warning in the institution’s prospectus and information booklets/brochures shall be ensured.”
The UGC requested institutions to hold workshops on eradication of ragging and display anti-ragging posters. It has warned institutions of punitive action if they violate the regulation on curbing ragging.