With the arts and science colleges in the city set to re-open by June 18, authorities have stepped up efforts to weed out the menace of ragging from the campus. As per routine, colleges have been reminded that the Supreme Court guidelines on ragging have to be implemented.
Commissioner of Police A K Vishwanatha informed that meetings would soon be held with principals and correspondents of colleges across the city to deliberate on the action plans to prevent ragging.
While colleges would reopen this month, classes for the fresh batches of students were expected to commence by July. As per the directions of apex court, an anti-ragging committee has to be formed in every college to monitor instances of ragging.
This proctorial body, which would comprise the principal, senior faculty members, senior students and police, would function throughout the year.
Meanwhile, boards depicting ragging as a criminal offence have come up on campuses of all the colleges
Boards depicting ragging as a criminal offence have been placed in the campuses of every college. Complaint boxes, meant for the students to drop in complaint or information on instances of ragging, were seen in many of the colleges. The phone number of an officer from the anti-ragging committee were displayed on these boxes. According to P Ganesan, the Joint Director of Collegiate Education, Coimbatore, while no additional directions were issued by the state government to handle the nuisance this year, the department has put up a link on its website to post ragging complaints online. “The number of ragging instances has decreased in the past few years,’’ he said.