GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Human Resources Development
DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1895
TO BE ANSWERED ON 21ST JULY, 2009
Formation of Anti Ragging Committees by Colleges.
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-
(a) the names of colleges and other institutions of higher learning aided by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and other central agencies where serious cases of ragging leading to deaths and severe injuries were reported during 208 and 2009 so far separately;
(b) the number of these colleges and institutions which have not set up Anti Ragging Committee as per Supreme Court directions; and
(c) the action taken in each case?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
(SMT. D. PURANDESWARI)
(a) to (c) : No information was being maintained centrally in regard to cases of ragging during the period referred to in the question. However, a case involving death of a medical student was reported in the month of March, 2009, as a consequence of an incident of ragging at the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda in Himachal Pradesh. The University Grants Commission has notified, on 17th June, 2009, its regulation namely “The UGC Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions, 2009”. These regulations are comprehensive and provide for a number of preventive, punitive and prohibitive measures including setting up of Anti Ragging Committee, stopping of grants by UGC and also withdrawal of affiliation / recognition or other privileges conferred, if higher education institutions fail to comply with any of the provision of regulations or fail to curb ragging effectively. The regulations also require higher education institutions to take effective steps in order to sensitize students on the dehumanizing effects of ragging and generate awareness among all stakeholders regarding the penal laws applicable to incidents of ragging. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has also notified its anti-ragging regulations on 01.07.2009.