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Ragging continues on many college campuses in Kerala in spite of laws that provide for stiff punishment to offenders. In the context of the latest directions issued by the Supreme Court on the R.K. Raghavan Committee’s recommendations, what needs to be done to stem the menace? Our readers respond:
Since ragging continues in spite of deterrent laws, written undertakings must be taken from students and parents agreeing not to indulge in ragging and for expulsion from the college if found guilty of it. Since only a lucky few get admission to centres of higher learning, it is unfortunate some among them resort to such inhuman ways. Such behaviour cannot be tolerated by any civilised society. Parents must come forward to prevent ragging. Teachers and managements also should join hands to put down ragging
KoyilandyStrict action needed
The media is the best medium through which issues such as ragging can be brought to the fore. Ragging may affect the future of the victims as it may cause mental agony. The only way to stop this menace is strict action by the police and judiciary, barring the culprits from further studies in any college in the country and banning them from any government job.
Palakkadan S. Narayanan
AmbalamugalProactive role for PTAs
Ragging has to be eliminated from college campuses at any cost. Parents, college managements and parent-teachers’ associations have a major role in it. Extra-curricular activities should be encouraged and students’ organisations should become proactive.
PTA meetings should be convened regularly and all matters regarding the functioning of the college discussed. Students also have to become socially aware of this menace and try to eliminate it from the campus.
Ragging in educational institutions is widespread. The issue has been addressed by the judiciary and the legislatures have debated the issue. The executive has been issuing circulars against ragging and the media have been sensitive towards this evil. But the realities regarding ragging are still the same. The number of unreported cases of ragging is more than that reported by the media.
Trying to get acquainted with newcomers and making them feel at home is good but that should be done mutual respect and love.
The problem of ragging needs to be approached from a human rights’ perspective. Every student should be made aware of the legal consequences of ragging.
KayamkulamPut up banners
It is not just the senior students who can be held responsible for instances of ragging, but the college authorities too. Some give support to ragging, while others keep mum on the matter. All those who support and instigate others should be punished. Put up banners and notices in colleges against ragging to stop the menace.
ThrikkakaraTake stern action
Initially, the aim of ragging was to become friends with newly inducted students. But unfortunately, the whole concept has been abused. It was for this reason that the apex court directed colleges to immediately adopt the recommendations of the Raghavan Committee.
In addition, it is suggested that the colleges should identify the culprits and warn them against similar activities with expulsion.
KochiInstil moral values
Parents should instil moral values in their children at an early stage. Teachers should constitute committees, representing students from all departments of the college. The committee should be convened at an appropriate time and take suitable action against the culprits.
In the past, ragging was a way to embarrass junior students in a friendly way. But in the past one decade, it has gained a different colour.
The Supreme Court intervened as a rescuer. But ragging still continues. It is debatable why some students are still involved in it . Has this become a juvenile delinquency?
KarikuzhyPrevention is the way
Ragging continues to be a menace on many college campuses in the country and particularly in Kerala . College managements need to give clear directions through the prospectus regarding the provisions of the law, directions issued by various authorities and punishments to offenders. They should also have the arrangement to monitor the situation on the campus and take preventive measures. The Parent Teachers Association can play a big role by instructing their wards regarding the provisions of the law and advising them. Offenders caught should be punished promptly without fear or favour to set an example to others.
Comdt. G.V. Mathew (Retd.)
College managements must be made responsible for allowing ragging activities in their institutions. The managements must take strict action against those cruelly ragging their juniors. The protection of ragging culprits by the college managements must be stopped. Student organisations must act positively against ragging activities exceeding limits. The student organisations must conduct awareness programmes among students against ragging and its ill-effects. The students should show courage to submit complaints against ragging acts either to police or to the head of the institutions. Parents must discourage ragging acts by making aware the ill-effects of these acts to their children.
KollamPlan for the long term
The Raghavan Committee’s recommendations point toward concrete and positive actions such as including a chapter on ragging in the curriculum of schools and colleges and organising interactive sessions between seniors and juniors.
However, the suggestion to stagger the intake of students might only make the situation worse. The main recommendations constitute mostly short-term or immediate actions. Along with these we should plan for long-term actions too.
The contribution by Coalition to Up Root ragging from Education (CURE), in this context is commendable. The only short cut to stop the menace of ragging is a concentrated effort by students, parents, teachers and the management, fully supported by government and social celebrities and organisations.
ThiruvananthapuramAn attitudinal problem
The prescriptions to banish ragging from the campuses are well known. Several laws have been enacted in this regard. The Supreme Court has intervened. Why is it, then, that this obnoxious and inhuman practice continues unchecked? It is basically an attitudinal problem. Society, to be precise, parents, students and the authorities, seem to have accepted ragging as a necessary evil. Complacency and stoic resignation are major stumbling blocks to eliminating any social evil. There should be a zero tolerance approach to all kinds of ragging. Tacit acceptance would perpetuate the evil. It is time for some hard decisions. College principals and hostel wardens are the first line of defence against persecution and harassment of freshers. It is obvious that they have abdicated their responsibility to put down ragging considering that the menace continues to flourish.
It appears that only judicial intervention and media activism can rid campuses of uncivilised and inhuman conduct by the students.
Let the seniors act
The report of the Raghavan Committee has to be implemented as fast as possible. The State government has to call for reports from managements of colleges to see how far the committee’s recommendations are implemented on their campuses. Apart from this, senior students in colleges have a great role in stopping this menace. Let them be good friends to the newcomers. Make the freshers into small groups and give them protection by other small groups of seniors. Let the juniors be free to talk and be like a brother/sister to the senior students.
Sanal Raj B
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