Zero-tolerance to Ragging, Says Sibal

To deal with ragging government would adopt a zero-tolerance policy in institutions of higher education alongwith putting in place tough regulations under the law.

“The policy of the government shall be zero tolerance for anti-social activities,” HRD Minister Kapil Sibal told the Rajya Sabha replying to a short duration discussion on the increasing incidents of ragging in the country.

In response to demand for a national, the minister said that the UGC regulations are backed by the law which has to be followed by universities and colleges.

The strict measures, likely to be implemented according to Sibal, are rustication of a student, withholding of scholarship, derecognition of institution, debarring a student from appearing in any test and stopping of grant to the institution.

He said previously, the mindset was glossing over the issue and only trying to persuade children not to do ragging.

“That mindset has changed and now the focus is on taking strict measures to prevent such incidents,” he said.

The HRD Ministry has written to the Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India, Indian Nursing Council and the All India Council of Technical Education to adopt the UGC regulations against ragging, he said.

“I am sure all these regulations will be adopted and this menace will be put to an end,” he said.

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