Sunday, August 08, 2010

On ragging list, TN stands third

July 27: Tamil Nadu has the dubious distinction of ranking third in the number of ragging incidents reported from across the country, a Delhi-based study states.

The study by Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education (CURE), an anti-ragging advocacy group, says 14 cases of ragging were reported from Tamil Nadu in 2009-10, next to Andhra Pradesh with 18 and Uttar Pradesh, which tops the list with 26 cases. An alarming fact is that the number of ragging cases in the country, totalling 164, apart from 19 deaths allegedly due to the torture inflicted by seniors, have doubled this year, as compared to 88 reported incidents and 12 deaths in 2008-09.

Closer home, a recent case of teasing on college campus gone deadly is that of S. Shoban Babu, 19, a first year student of a private engineering college in Coimbatore from Sivagangai district, who was allegedly thrown out of the fourth floor of the college hostel by a group of seniors at midnight on October 22, last year. The teenager, hailing from a poor family, is bed-ridden for life.

Even as the Supreme Court has passed an order making it compulsory to form anti-ragging committees in each college, educationists are stressing the importance of creating a healthy environment on campus.

Dr Thangaraj, vice chancellor, Anna University of Technology, says colleges should start counselling cell for students. “Colleges should create friendly environment among juniors and seniors. Ragging can be solved if college managements take enough steps to become bridge between the students,” he adds.

According to Madras University vice chancellor Dr G. Thiruvasagam, the university has placed ‘black box’ in all colleges for students to report any case of ragging to the VC directly. “We have had no case of ragging until today, however we have convened a meeting of college principals on August 7 to discuss various issues.”

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