The Committee shall ensure strict vigilance on activities of senior students and shall also be available to the students for any counseling needs either individually or collectively. The Committee in particular will try to analyze the behavioral pattern among the senior students and shall try to identify the potential ragger. They should also provide counseling to ‘Freshers’ in order to prepare them for the socio-academic life ahead particularly for adjusting to life in hostels.Each schools should identify all vulnerable locations, and ensure a constant vigil and watch at such locations including monitoring of the atmosphere and the environment at eating ‘Joints’ (Canteens, Cafes, ‘Khokas’, Dhabas etc).
Hostel, where freshers are accommodated, are required to be carefully guarded if necessary, by posting security personnel and placed in charge of a warden.
‘Right Philosophy’, ‘Right Knowledge’ and ‘Right Conduct’ are the three ethos constituting the core values at Raffles University, Neemrana. In its objective to be an ultimate destination for world-class education, the University will prepare and train professionals in the modern era of 21st century with a sense of strong ethical consideration, sound judgment and work culture in global environment. University believes in social integration in the campus. ‘Ragging’ is considered as a social menace, jinx and an abuse of human rights in the academic environment of the University. Ragging is a criminal offense too and lowers the standards of education. Hence the University adopts a comprehensive ‘Anti-Ragging Policy’ with regard to its concerted efforts to overcome the problem and make the campus absolutely ragging free.
The ‘Anti-Ragging Policy’ adopted by the Raffles University, Neemrana takes care of preventive, procedural and punitive aspects of ragging based on the guidelines provided by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, recommendations of the Raghavan Committee, instructions/guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission, Ministry of Human Resource Development (Government of India), State Government and other regulatory authorities such as the AICTE, MCI, DCI, etc. in this area.
In deference of the preamble of Anti-Ragging Policy, the University encourages socialization of fresher students in the academic environment of the University. At the same time, it discourages and prevents any negative act, e.g., devious or diabolic or brutal or thwarted or any other untoward action or behavior on the part of senior students which goes against the basic philosophy of socio- academic integration. The ‘anti-ragging policy’ adopted by the University therefore is aimed at:
- Creating, developing and nourishing conducive academic environment within the student community by their social integration.
- Generating and maintaining a high level of confidence within new entrants and their parents/guardians that new entrants to the university are not going to be harassed and intimidated and will get all support and learning congenial environment at the campus.
- Keeping in place an integrated system to discourage and prevent any negative acts like alcoholism, drugs abuse and ragging in what so ever be the manner by the seniors, which disrupts socio-academic integration of new entrants.
- Prescribing deterrent measures for any violation of the “Anti-Ragging Policy” by way of disciplinary action.
For the purpose of this policy
- ‘University’ means The Raffles University, Neemrana and covers all Constituent school/colleges/institutes established by the University within the campus or outside the campus.
- ‘Student’ includes any person who is enrolled for any course, whether full time or part time, with the University, and includes an undergraduate or postgraduate student or a Research Scholar. It also includes a student of another University or college who has been placed or has opted for placement with the University or short-term courses at the University.
- ‘Hostel’ includes the place/(s) where university students are accommodated through institutional or private arrangements.
- Any disorderly conduct, whether by words spoken or written or by an act, which has the effect of teasing or handling with rudeness any other students, rowdy or indiscipline activities, which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student or asking the student to do any act or perform something, which such students will not do in the ordinary course and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment, so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of a fresher or a junior student.
- Until otherwise specified, the following would constitute the act of ragging:
- (i) Any act that prevents disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of a student.
- (ii) Exploiting services of junior students for completing academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of seniors.
- (iii) Any act of financial extorting or forceful expenditure burden put on junior student/ (s) by senior /(s)
- (iv) Any act of physical abuse including all varieties, sexual, homo-sexual assault, and stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person.
- Ragging has several aspects viz. psychological, social, political, economic, culture and academic dimensions. The Psychological aspects of ragging are seen to cause permanent damage to the victim’s personality. Such treatment of young and impressionable minds could result in traumatizing them and damaging their personalities beyond repair in the formative years of their lives.
- (i) Any act or abuse by spoken words, emails, public insult or alike would be considered within the physiological aspects of ragging.
- (ii) This aspect would also include deriving perverted pleasure, vicarious or sadistic thrill from activity or passively participating in the discomfort of others.
- (iii) Any act that affects the mental health and self confidence of students can be described in terms of the psychological aspects of ragging.