CHENNAI: Emphasising the need to root out ragging, Governor K Rosaiah on Tuesday called for extending the anti-ragging measures to private hostels in the State and make the management accountable for any instance of ragging.
Speaking at the fifth meeting of the State-level monitoring cell for eradicating ragging, he advised the government to prioritise the Supreme Court’s recommendation to register private hostels that accommodated students, keep a check on them and hold the management accountable for any instances of ragging.
Presenting the statistics for this year, Director General of Police K Ramanujam said five cases of ragging have been registered during 2014 of which three cases took place in law colleges, one in an arts college and the other in an engineering college. Further, 18 complaints have been received until August 7 out of which a few could be fake, he added.
Taking stock of the action taken to curb ragging last year, the Governor said there were 34 ragging complaints in 2013 and wanted to know theier current status, follow-up action taken and the cases registered with the police. There were no reports on anti-ragging measures from Thanjavur, Tiruvannamalai, Thiruvallur, Cuddalore, Nilgiris, Thirunelveli and Pudukottai districts, he pointed out and said no meeting had been conducted so far during the 2014-2015 academic year in Bharathiyar, Periyar and TANUVAS universities. Minister for Higher Education P Palaniappan explained that that there were no major incidents of ragging in the universities last year, except a few minor ones.