VISAKHAPATNAM : The government has initiated steps to curb ragging and we would not spare any accused involved in Rishikeswari’s suicide. Moreover, universities in the state have become hubs for unlawful activities. After the recent suicide of Rishikeswari in Acharya Nagarjuna University allegedly due to ragging, the crime has shown its ugly face yet again, rued HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao.
Addressing the mediamen here Thursday, the minister assured that the accused in Rishikeswari’s case would not be spared and their certificates would be marked in such a way that they won’t get admission in any educational institution across the country. The senior IAS officer probing the case would submit report in a couple of days, he said.
Meanwhile, caste based unions and associations would be banned in all universities and colleges, and a ban would be imposed on the entry of outsiders into the institutions. Hundreds of outsiders were staying in hostels of various universities. For instance, a student from Anantapur had occupied three hostel rooms for the past 10 years and converted them into a bar and gambling den and a location for anti-social activities, he observed.
“We have instructed the police as well as the university authorities to identify outsiders and send them out using bio-metric systems, CCTV cameras, etc.,” he said and added that the government would install CCTV cameras at strategic places in all university campuses for security purpose.
In case of fee-reimbursement, the minister said that they would bring about changes in the system. Fee reimbursement would be application only to students who are making use of it. It would be cancelled if they do not appear for or fail in examinations, he stated.