Tuesday, July 15, 2008

[Hindu] Dancing to the beat of ‘no ragging’

Parul Sharma

NEW DELHI: As a new batch of students begins its campus life at Delhi University this Wednesday, a non-government organisation working towards elimination of ragging has launched a song and video to combat the nuisance.

The video is available online at www.noragging.com/video

Founded in 2001, the Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education (CURE) has carried out several campaigns to weed out ragging, including observing “No Ragging Day” on October 11.

It has also worked as a consultant body to the Raghavan Committee appointed by the Supreme Court to monitor measures to prevent ragging in higher educational institutions.

“The USP of the song and video is that it is not only the first of its kind on ragging, but the lyrics of the song, the composition, singing and the design of video have all been done by first-year students,” says Harsh Agarwal, a CURE member.

This latest venture, believes CURE co-founder Varun Aggarwal, will add a new dimension to the campaign against ragging. “The campaigns till now have been preachy, while the youth of today do not like to take orders. They want to know why they should not indulge in ragging. This is what the video does in a beautiful and convincing way,” he explains.

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