MARGAO: As per a report submitted by the Directorate of Education (DOE), 11 measures have been implemented across all education institutes across Goa, due to which no incident of ragging has been reported.
This was discussed at the last meeting of the State-Level Monitoring Cell (SLMC) held under the chairmanship of the Governor of Goa at the Raj Bhavan. The members who attended the meeting informed that no incidents of ragging have been reported in their institutions. The SLMC meets regularly to discuss the issue and provide a ragging-free campus in all educational institutions in Goa.
It is to be noted that Director of BITS Pilani is also a member of the meeting, and he informed that they have taken an undertaking from the students as well as parents not to indulge in ragging. An anti-ragging committee is patrolling in the campus premises at night and no incident of ragging has taken place so far.
After the Anti Ragging Act (2008) passed by the Goa government came into force on July 17, 2009, the SLMC and the district-level anti-ragging committees were constituted and are fully functional.
Under the state-level committee guidance, the following 11 measures have been taken by educational Institutions to ensure a ragging-free educational environment in Goa.
A provision has been made in every college prospectus to take an affidavit/undertaking from the students not to indulge in ragging. Welcome functions are conducted by the senior students for the freshers to have a pleasant and conducive environment in the colleges. Hostels wardens are empowered to curb ragging in the hostels; their mobile numbers and notices about ragging and its consequences are displayed at prominent places in the college campuses. CCTVs have been installed in the hostels to monitor the students. Special mention is made in the college prospectus about the nuisance of ragging and its consequences.
Anti-ragging committees are appointed in every institution to look into various aspects of ragging, based on which a monthly report is submitted to the governor regularly. Anti-ragging squads have been formed in the colleges to monitor the students. Police personnel have been invited in the institutions for sensitizing the students about ragging. Counsellors are appointed in the colleges to guide the students though a detailed scheme for the purpose. Apart from the above, timely action is taken by the directorate as per the directives of the state level monitoring cell.