Excerpts from the UGC Regulations on curbing the menace of ragging in Higher Educational Institutions 2009
Ragging in all its forms is prohibited in the College campus, including the departments, all its premises (academic, residential, sports, canteen, restrooms, etc), within the campus or outside it and all means of transportation whether public or private. The provisions of the Act of the Central Government or the State Governments if enacted will consider ragging as a cognizable offence under the law on a par with rape and other atrocities against women and illtreatment of persons belonging to the SC/ST.
(Vide No. F.1- 16/2007 (CPP-II) dt 13 April 2009)
PREVENTION OF RAGGING
Ragging is prohibited by law. It is a non-bailable criminal offence and punishable with rigorous imprisonment up to seven years. Students shall not indulge in any of the following activities, which are treated as ragging.
1. Any act that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic ragging activity of a student.
2. Exploiting the service of a junior student by a senior student or group of senior students.
3. Any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a junior student including fund-raising for organisations.
4. Any act of physical abuse including all variants of it: annoying playing practical jokes, sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping forcing obscene and lewd acts or gestures.
5. Any act of abuse by spoken words, emails, SMS, or any other means 6. Any word or act that causes hurt to the dignity of the individual.
7. Entering without permission into any class other than the one assigned to a student.
8. Forcing a student to boycott class without his/her consent to participate in strike, demonstration, dharna etc.
Reporting cases of Ragging
The complaints or information in regard to ragging could be oral or written and even from third parties. The burden/responsibility of proving his/her innocence rests with the accused. Complaints can be lodged with the Principal, Staff Counsellors or any of the members of the Ragging Prevention Committee. All complaints/information received shall be kept strictly confidential.
In the event of a student being booked in a criminal offence and being suspended from the college, he/she will be re-instated only after his/her obtaining clearance certificate from the concerned police officer
Members of the Committee for the Prevention of Ragging Activities:
1. Prof. (Dr). Jijimon K. Thomas, Principal (Chairman)
2. Rev. Fr. Joshua Kochuvilayil, Bursar (Management nominee)
3. Dr. Shirley Stewart, Vice Principal
4. Dr. Jiji Kurian (Convenor)
5. Mr. Sabu E. G
6. Mr. Muralidharan Nair (P.T.A. representative)
7. Dr. Mamitha J. S
8. Lt. Dr. Regina Sibi Cleetus
9. Dr. Suju C. Joseph