APPROACH TOWARDS RAGGING
Anti Ragging Committee & Anti Ragging Squad of Siliguri Institute of Technology
The Institute has accepted the guidelines issued by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in connection with Judgment in Civil Writ Petition No.656 of 1998 leading to the case Vishwa Jagriti Mission vs. Central Government and others. The Supreme Court directed that ragging in educational Institutions should be prevented and appropriate measures should be taken by AICTE for prevention of ragging in technical educational Institutions. As such, ragging in any form on any student, inside or outside the Institute premises or Hostel, is strictly prohibited.
What Constitutes Ragging
- In exercise of the jurisdiction conferred by Article 32 and Article 142 of the Constitution of India, the apex court has defined ragging in the following manner:
- Any conduct by any student or students whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student.
- Indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities by any student or students which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in any fresher or any other student.
- Asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame, or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other student.
- Any act by a senior student that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of any other student or a fresher.
- Exploiting the services of a fresher or any other student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of students.
- Any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a fresher or any other student by students.
- Any act of physical abuse including all variants of it: sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person.
- Any act or abuse by spoken words, emails, post, public insults which would also include deriving perverted pleasure, vicarious or sadistic thrill from actively or passively participating in the discomfiture to fresher or any other student.
- Any act that affects the mental health and self-confidence of a fresher or any other student with or without an intent to derive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by a student over any fresher or any other student.
Punishment Against Ragging
As per notification dated 25.03.2009 of All India Council for Technical Education (Prevention and Prohibition of Ragging in Technical Institutions, Universities including deemed to be Universities imparting Technical Education) Regulations, 2009, the punishment for those found guilty of ragging at the Institution level shall be any one or any combination of the following :
Cancellation of admission
- Suspension from attending classes and academic privileges
- Withholding/ withdrawing scholarship/ free-studentship and other benefits
- Debarring from appearing in any test/ examination or other evaluation process
- Debarring from representing the Institution in any regional, national or international meet, tournament, youth festival, etc.
- Suspension/ expulsion from the hostel
- Expulsion from the Institution and consequently debarring from admission to any other Institution
- Collective punishment: When the person committing or abetting the crime of ragging is not identified, the Institution shall resort to collective punishment as a deterrent to ensure community pressure on the potential raggers.