Nirma University has a zero-tolerance policy towards ragging. Ragging is strictly prohibited inside and outside the university campus. The university strictly follows the guidelines on ragging issued by the Honourable Supreme Court of India and the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Definition of Ragging
As per the Supreme Court of India, “Ragging is any disorderly conduct whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness to any student, indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities which cause or likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment to adversely affect the psyche of a fresher or a junior student.”
Further, the UGC has notified via the 3rd amendment in UGC Regulations on June 29, 2016, to expand the definition of ragging by including the following:
“Any act of physical or mental abuse (including bullying and exclusion) targeted at another student (fresher or otherwise) on the ground of colour, race, religion, caste, ethnicity, gender (including transgender), sexual orientation, appearance, nationality, regional origins, linguistic identity, place of birth, place of residence or economic background.”
Anti-Ragging Mechanism at the University
There is an anti-ragging mechanism at the university and institute level. The Director General heads the Monitoring Cell of the university, and the Institute Directors head the Anti-Ragging Committee of the respective institutes. At the institute level, there are two more committees: Anti-ragging Squad and Anti-Ragging Mentoring Cell.
The academic year begins with the meeting of the Monitoring Cell that discusses and decides the guidelines related to the anti-ragging measures in line with the guidelines issued by the UGC.
Every institute, in turn, plans and implements anti-ragging measures at the institute level.
All the students admitted to the university have to observe and abide by the rules prescribed by the university and the respective institutes. The students and their parents have to submit an online undertaking every academic year. To enhance familiarity and acclimatise the freshers to the academic and social environment of the campus, each institute organises an orientation programme in the first week of the new academic calendar. The university uses different communication mechanisms to disseminate the information about the anti-ragging measures followed on campus.
Regular interaction and counselling sessions are held with the students to make them comfortable in the new environment and detect any signs of ragging. The anti-ragging squad regularly visits the hostels, canteen/mess area, and sports grounds to detect any signs of ragging. As a precaution, there are surprise inspections at hostels, canteens, rest-cum-recreational rooms, toilets, bus stands, and other places to prevent ragging and any undesirable behaviour or incident.
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