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ANTI RAGGING LAWS

UGC REGULATIONS ON CURBING THE MENACE OF RAGGING IN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, 2009

Clause 3: What constitutes Ragging.- Ragging constitutes one or more of any of the following acts:

  1. any conduct by any student or students whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student;
  2. including in rowdy or in disciplined activities by any student or students which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in any fresher or any other student;
  3. asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame, or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other student;
  4. any’ act by a senior student that prevents, disrupts or disturb the regular academic activity of any other student or a fresher;
  5. exploiting the services of a fresher or any other student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of students.
  6. any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a fresher or any other student by students;
  7. any act of physical abuse including all various of it: sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gesture, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person:

Clause 7: Action to be taken by the Head of the institution.-

On receipt of the recommendation of the Anti Ragging Squad or on receipt of any information concerning any reported incident of ragging, the Head of institution shall immediately determine if a case under the penal laws is made Out and if so, either on his own or through a member of the Anti-Ragging Committee authorized by him in this behalf proceed to file a First Information Report (FIR), within twenty four hours of receipt of such information or recommendation, with the police and local authorities, under the appropriate penal provisions relating to one or more of the following, namely;

  1. Abetment to ragging
  2. Criminal conspiracy to rag;
  3. Unlawful assembly and rioting while ragging;
  4. Public nuisance created during ragging;
  5. Violation of decency and morals through ragging;
  6. Injury to body, causing hurt or grievous hurt;
  7. Wrongful restraint;
  8. Wrongful confinement;
  9. Use of criminal force;
  10. Assault as well as sexual offences or unnatural offences;
  11. Extortion;
  12. Criminal trespass;
  13. Offences against property;
  14. Criminal intimidation;
  15. Attempts to commit any or all of the above mentioned offences against the victim(s);
  16. Threat to commit any or all of the above mentioned offences against the victim(s):
  17. Physical or psychological humiliation;
  18. All other offences following from the definition of “Ragging”.

Provided that the Head of the institution shall forthwith report the occurrence of the incident of ragging to the District Level Anti-Ragging Committee and the Nodal officer of the affiliating University, if the institution is an affiliated institution.

Provided further that the institution shall also continue with its own enquiry initiated under clause 9 of these Regulations and other measures without waiting for action on the part of the police/local authorities and such remedial action shall be initiated and completed immediately and in no case later than a period of seven days of the reported occurrence of the incident of ragging.

 Clause 9: Administrative action in the event of ragging.-

9.1 The institution shall punish a student found guilty of ragging after following the procedure and in the manner prescribed herein under:

a)       The Anti-Ragging Committee of the institution shall take an appropriate decision, in regard to punishment or otherwise, depending on the facts of each incident of ragging and nature and gravity of the incident of ragging established in the recommendations of the Anti-Ragging Squad.

b)       The Anti-Ragging Committee may, depending on the nature and gravity of the guilt established by the Anti-ragging Squad, award, to those found guilty, one or more of the following punishments, namely.

  1. Suspension from attending classes and academic privileges.
  2. Withholding/withdrawing scholarship/fellowship and other benefits.
  3. Debarring from appearing in any test/examination or other evaluation process.
  4. Withholding results.
  5. Debarring from representing the institution in any regional, national or international meet, tournament, youth festival, etc.
  6.  Suspension/expulsion from the hostel.
  7. Cancellation of admission.
  8. Rustication from the institution for period ranging from one to four semesters.
  9. Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution for a specified period.

c) An appeal against the order of punishment by the Anti-Ragging Committee shall lie,

  1. in case of an order of an institution, affiliated to or constituent part, of a University, to the Vice-Chancellor of the University;
  2.  in case of an order of a University. to its Chancellor.
  3. in case of an institution of national importance created by an Act of Parliament, to the Chairman or Chancellor of the institution, as the case may be.

Warning Against Cyber Crimes

All students of the Mar Thoma College of Science and Technology are very seriously warned against indulging in Cyber Crimes of any sort. Such cases will be forwarded to the legal authorities for further penal action.

Those who create other persons’ profiles in Face Book, or in any other social networking sites without the written request with thumb impression of the person concerned will be penalised for twin crimes- Cyber Crime and Impersonation / Identity Theft.