Tuesday, July 04, 2006

[HT] KGMU gets ready to fight ragging demons

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HT Live Correspondent
July 3

KGMU ADMINISTRATION has started early in the day to deal with the prospect of ragging on campus. Separate teams of senior faculty members have been formed to keep hostellers and day scholars from being subjected to ragging.

The teams comprise dean student welfare, proctor and dean faculty of medicine, hostel wardens and heads of departments.

One of the teams under the dean of student welfare would check ragging inside hostels while the team under the proctor would check ragging on campus and investigate into complaints filed by students against their seniors.

“Ragging has always been tough to handle so this year we decided to initiate steps even before the admission process for the academic session 2006-07,” said King Georges’ Medical University (KGMU) vice chancellor Prof SK Agrawal.

It may be mentioned that last year several complaints of ragging were received by the university administration and when ragging was restricted on campus students began to call fresh admissions to parks near the campus and ragged them there.

By the time the varsity administration came to know about it and could take steps to check it, many incidents had already taken place where students who were ragged even sustained injuries. Some of them even left the campus and ran away to their relatives’ place instead of staying in hostels.

Waking up early this year the university has decided to keep vigil right from the day freshers are allotted seats and hostel rooms.

Academic background and past character of new students would also be taken into account by the teams to avoid any violent incident in case some fresh admission retaliated.

‘Some students are violent by nature and if we are able to identify them from among the fresh batch we could easily avert violence,” said Prof Agrawal.

The teams would get active right after the CPMT-2006 counselling was over and new students began to join.

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