B-RAGGING, RIGHT?

 

The fact that ragging has ruined many lives and careers is not alien to us. Not only does it spoil the reputation of an institution, but also weakens a student’s self-esteem and creates a psychological imbalance due to emotional vul­nerability. In order to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all students, it is important to eradicate ragging from its very root. BITS Goa, being one of the premier institutes of the coun­try, does not encourage ragging in any form.

Besides all the freedom that it offers, the ad­ministration is all for taking strict action against anyone who is involved in ragging and similar activities. The institution vouches for a friendly senior-junior relationship. The seniors are kind and considerate towards their juniors and are al­ways willing to extend a helping hand.

For the freshers’ safe and comfortable stay at the campus, DoJMA has prepared the following guide on how to deal with ragging. This guide is an encapsulation of the regulations of University Grants Commission (UGC).

What constitutes ragging?

Any conduct by any student or a group of stu­dents, whether by words (spoken or written), or by an act which is likely to cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in any fresher or any other student can be termed as an act of ragging.

Where can you get help?

Your Parents are always there for you. Please do not feel that you will burden your parents by complaining about ragging. Talk to them freely and openly. If you are being ragged, it is not your fault. They understand that.

The Ragging Prevention Program is always ready to help. You can call at any time on 1800 180 5522. It is a toll-free phone number. You can also send an e-mail to helpline@antirag­ging.in.

Your college administration stands resolutely with you. Do not hesitate to ask for help. The local police and local administration can also be contacted.

Anybody can register a complaint of ragging. It does not have to be only the victim. If you notice any incidence of ragging you must inform the call-center. It is your duty to do so. Your confidentiality is assured.

Why should I and how can I use online affidavits?

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 887 of 2009, passed the judgement wherein guidelines were issued for setting up of a Central Crisis Hotline and an Anti-Ragging data­base.

In accordance with the Supreme Court orders, the University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India has established a web portal, www.antiragging.in. The aim of this por­tal is to eradicate ragging of all forms from all higher educational institutions of India. This will be achieved by preventing its very existence and also punishing those indulged in rag­ging, in accordance with the Supreme Court rules.

Under the UGC guidelines, it is mandatory for every student and his/her parents to submit an anti-ragging affidavit at the time of admission and thereafter each year at the time of annual registration.

It is in accordance with the Supreme Court orders that contact details of students must be collected from these affidavits and stored electronically at a central location.

How?

It is a simple procedure. Just follow these four steps.

  1. Log on to www.antiragging.in OR www.amanmovement.org.
  2. Click on the button which says ‘ONLINE AFFIDAVITS’.
  3. Fill in the information as desired and then submit the form.
  4. On successful completion, you will receive the affidavits, both for the student and the parents, via e-mail.

And as said before, in BITS Goa, ragging is non-existent because of the good quality of students, strict and responsible authorities, and the relative youth of the campus. Only 14 years old, the campus is still in its formative years and has yet to establish its own definite culture and tradition. It is therefore up to each and every one of the residents including the incoming batch that they help in creating a ragging-free culture in the campus which not only removes fear of ragging from the students but also encourage strong community building interactions between different batches. It will require concerted effort but the fruits of it are bound to be sweet.