REGULATIONS FOR PREVENTION AND PROHIBITION OF RAGGING:
The college follows the following guidelines on the basis of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India passed in SLP No-24295 of 2006 dated-16.05.2007 and Civil Appeal No. 887 of 2009 dated 08.05.2009, as well as the AICTE regulations 2009, instructions from the University, Government of Odisha and UGC etc. to prevent and eliminate the scourge of ragging in the college.
The Hon’ble Apex Court has taken a serious view on the occurrence of ragging in educational institutions; this fact may be brought to the notice of all students.
All senior students should be made aware of the punishment to be awarded to them if they are found indulging in any form of ragging.
At the start of the academic session, all students should submit an affidavit along with their parents to the effect that they would never be involved in any form of ragging during their study in the institution.
An institutional framework should be put in place where the students can file complaint against ragging; this system should be made known to all fresh students during counselling.
An anti-ragging movement/ campaign/ awareness should be initiated amongst the students/ teachers/ parents that ragging shall not go unpunished.
Anti Ragging Committees should be constituted in each college with representatives from teaching faculty, students and management. The Committee may also co-opt members from local administration and voluntary organizations, if required, for monitoring the measures taken by the Institute for prevention of ragging and for looking into the specific instances of complain of ragging and suggest appropriate actions against individuals indulging in ragging.
A toll free number called, ‘Sanjog Help-line’ 155335 (provided by BSNL) may be used for instant information on ragging.
Necessary steps shall be taken by the college as per directives of the Hon’ble Apex Court /Notification of AICTE dated-01.07.2009 and the same may be intimated to the Industries Department, Government of Orissa and BPUT, Orissa. Any student joining this college must refrain from any act that constitutes ragging. The students and their parents/guardians will have to submit by an affidavit in the formats as per Annexure – I, Annexure – II and Annexure-III given below.
AICTE REGULATIONS NOTIFIED VIDE F.NO-37-3/LEGAL/AICTE/2009 DATED-01.07.2009 ON PREVENTION & PROHIBITION OF RAGGING TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS.
IMPORTANT: The students and their Parents/guardians are advised to go through the following important clauses with regard to Prevention and Prohibition of Ragging and they are required to give affidavit in Non judicial Stamp Paper of Rs.10/- as per the Annexure – I Annexure – II and Annexure-III given above.
What constitutes Ragging:- Ragging constitutes one or more of any the following acts:
Any conduct by any student or students whether by words spoken or written or by an which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student;
Indulging in rowdy or in disciplined activity 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 fresh or any other students.
Asking any student do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect of causing or generating. Sense of shame, or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other students;
Any act by a senior student that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the academic activity of any other student or a fresher;
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 financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on fresher or any other student by students;
Any act of physical abuse including all variants of it: sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person;
Any act or abuse by spoken words, emails, post, 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 a fresher or any other student with or without an intent to derive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by a student over any fresher or any other student.
Measures for Prevention of ragging at the institution level:-
It shall be mandatory for every technical institution, University, deemed to be University imparting technical education to take following measured for prevention of ragging at such institutions.
The application form for admission/enrolment shall have a printed affidavit, preferably both in English and Hindi and/or in one of the regional languages. The affidavit should be filled up and signed by the candidate to the effect that he/she is aware of the law regarding prohibition of ragging as well as the punishments, and that he/she, if found guilty of the offence of ragging and/or abetting ragging, is liable to be punished appropriately.
The application form shall also contain a printed affidavit, preferably both in English and Hindi and/or in one of the regional languages and the affidavit should be signed by the parent/guardian of the applicant to the effect that he/she is also aware of the law in this regard and agrees to abide by the punishment meted out to his/her ward in case the latter is found guilty of ragging and/or abetting ragging.
The application for admission shall be accompanied by a document along with the School Leaving Certificate/Character Certificate which shall include a report on the behavioral patter of the applicant, so that the institution can thereafter keep intense watch upon the student who has a negative entry in this regard.
A student seeking admission to the hostel shall have to submit another affidavit along with his/her application for hostel accommodation that he/she is also aware of the law in this regard and agrees to abide by the punishments meted out if he/she is found guilty of ragging and/or abetting ragging.
Actions to be taken against students for indulging in and abetting Ragging:-
The Punishment to be meted out to the persons indulging in ragging has to be exemplary and justifiably harsh to act as a deterrent against recurrence of such incidents.
For every single incident of ragging a First Information Report (FIR) must be filed without exception by the Institutional authorities with the local Police authorities.
The Anti-Ragging Committee of the institution shall take an appropriate decision, with 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.
(a) 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;
i. Cancellation of admission.
ii. Suspension from attending classes and academic privileges.
iii. Withholding/withdrawing scholarship/fellowship and other benefits.
iv. Debarring from appearing in any test/ examination or other evaluation process.
v. Withholding results.
vi. Debarring from representing the institution in any regional, national or international meet, tournament, youth festival, etc.
vii. Suspension/expulsion from the hostel.
viii. Rustication from the institution for period ranging from one to four semesters.
ix. Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution.
x. Collective Punishment: When the persons committing or a betting 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.
(b) An appeal against the order of punishment shall lie:
i. In case of an order of an institution affiliated to or constituent part, of the University, to the Vice-Chancellor of the University;
ii. In case of an order of a University, to its Chancellor;
iii. 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.