NELLORE:“Juniors taking up the reins of ragging/bullying, as they graduate to become seniors, has become an accepted norm of late. Until such norms are broken, stagnation in the present state where sporadic incidents continue to happen is inevitable,” opined district collector M Janaki.
Addressing a seminar on ‘Prevention of Ragging and Suicide’ at the Kasturba Kalakshetra here Wednesday, the collector said that formation of pressure groups among seniors should be encouraged so that an influence is exerted on fellow students who indulge in the inhuman act. Besides, educational institutions should instil confidence among the students on its grievance redressal system, to avoid suicides.
A joint initiative of Vikrama Simhapuri University (VSU) and The New Indian Express, the seminar is the second in the series of events scheduled on the subject. First such event was held earlier in Tirupati on September 19.
Expressing disgust over the poor mindset of people, who try to imitate the ideas depicted in films, VSU vice-chancellor V Veeraiah said, “We are in a pathetic state where some people even imitate the negatives shown in movies in their real life. Rishiteswari’s case must be a wakeup call for everyone to abstain from indulging in such odious act.”
Advising the students to develop the habit of reading books, Sri Padmavathi Mahila University registrar P Vijayalakshmi said that India is in the lead, according to World Health Organisation reports, for having people aged between 15 and 35 years who have suicidal tendencies. Such cases can be changed gradually if students create healthy environment around them. One step could be dedicating oneself to reading books such as Alchemist and Seagull. They can also form various clubs, according to their field of interest, to bring progressive thoughts, she informed.
Nellore DSP S Maqbol explained the legislations associated with ragging, while counselling psychologist Dr NB Sudhakar Reddy pointed out the medical reasons for such behaviour. “Students who are brought up in unhealthy environment are mostly the perpetrators of such crimes,” Reddy added.
VSU NSS coordinator Ramesh Reddy and representatives of Syndicate Bank, Apollo Hospitals and Morphy Richards apart from students of Narayana Medical College, Narayana MBA College, Adisankara Engineering College, DKW Degree College and DKW Junior College participated in the seminar.