UGC Regulations on Curbing The Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions, 2009
What is Ragging?
- Misconduct of any student either in spoken or written form or any action which has the effect of teasing ,treating or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student
- Indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities by any student or students which cause or is likely of cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm or to fear or apprehension thereof in any fresher or any other student.
- Asking others to do things that they normally will not do and causes a sense of shame or torment or emotional embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other student.
- Any act that prevents, disrupts, or disturbs the regular academic activity of any other student or a fresher.
- Any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a fresher or any other student by students.
- Exploiting the services of a fresher or any other student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of students.
- Any act of physical abuse including sexual, homosexual assaults stripping of clothes, forcing obscene lewd acts and gestures causing physical and mental torture
- Any act of abuse by spoken words, emails, posts, public insults which would also include deriving perverted pleasure , Vicarious or sadistic thrill from actively or passively participating in the discomfiture to fresher or any other student.
- Any act that affects the mental health and self-confidence of any student with or without intent to derive sadistic pleasure or priority over others
Punishments for Ragging
Every single incident of ragging, a FIR shall be lodged without exception by the college authorities with the local police.
Depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established by the Anti-Ragging Committee of the institution, the possible punishments for those found guilty of ragging at the institution level shall be any one or any combination of the following.
- Cancellation of admission
- Suspension from attending classes
- Withholding / withdrawing scholarship / fellowship and other benefits
- Debarring from appearing in any test / examination or other evaluation process
- Withholding results
- Debarring from representing the institution in any regional, national or international meet, tournament, youth festival, etc
- Suspension / expulsion from the hostel
- Rustication from the institution for period ranging from 1 to 4 semesters
- Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution
- Fine of Rupees 25,000/-
Collective punishment: When the persons committing or abetting the crime of ragging are not identified, the institution shall resort to collective punishment as a deterrent to ensure community pressure on the potential raggers
The institutional authority shall intimate the incidents of ragging occurred in their premises along with actions taken to the Council immediately after occurrence of such incident and inform the status of the case from time to time.
Courts should make an effort to ensure that cases involving ragging are taken up on priority basis to send the correct message that ragging is not only to be discouraged but also to be dealt with sternness.
Ragging is totally prohibited in Swarnandhra College of Engineering and Technology, inside and / or outside the campus and anyone found guilty of ragging and / or abetting ragging whether actively or passively, or being a part of conspiracy to promote ragging, is liable to be punished in accordance with UGC Regulations 2009 as well as under the provisions of any penal law for the time being in force.
Swarnandhra College of Engineering and Technology ensures that the congenial and welcoming environment is given to the fresher. To achieve this objective following committees have been formed by the Institute as per UGC Regulation 2009: