DU Issues Anti-Ragging Guidelines as UG Classes to Begin soon

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As the classes for first-year undergraduate courses for Delhi University (DU) students are set to start from November 22, the university has issued guidelines against ragging which direct placing of sealed complaint boxes in front of the principal’s office and the constitution of vigilance squads in colleges.
Delhi University colleges will be holding orientation days for freshers in the coming few days.

Orientation for freshers

Delhi University college, Miranda House, and Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences will be holding their orientation online mode on November 20 while the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Indraprastha College For Women, Gargi College, and Ramanujan College will be holding their orientation days on November 22.
The orientation programs of these various colleges and classes will be held in online mode.

The various departments will be holding separate orientation programs for the freshers

Anti-Ragging Guidelines

  • Heads of institutions may identify a Disciplinary Resource Person (DRP) in each college, hostel, hall, department and their contact details must be shared with the proctor’s office, read the guidelines.
  • The guidelines state that the institutions may erect suitable hoardings/billboards/banners in prominent places within the respective campus to encourage the students to prevent or not to indulge in ragging.
  • Along with the DRP, senior teachers, NCC/NSS officers, if any, and senior students may be involved in forming a Disciplinary Resource Committee (DRC)/Disciplinary Committee at the college/faculty/department level.
  • The guidelines further suggest the constitution of vigilance squads in addition to DRC/DC, taking the help of NCC/NSS student volunteers to keep constant vigil to avoid cases of indiscipline among students and to prevent untoward incidents.
  • The guidelines further instruct, “Sealed complaint boxes be placed in front of the Principal’s Office, especially in those undergraduate colleges which have hostels, for the benefit of the potential victims of ragging to enable them to put their complaints/suggestions to college authorities. Officials in each college on whom the responsibility has been entrusted will look into those complaints and take prompt necessary action, as per university norms.”
  • The issued guidelines also state that the vigilance squads and the DRC/DC must act in complete coordination because, ultimately, action with regard to any incident of indiscipline involving any student or group of students will be recommended by the DRC/DC and thereupon, the respective head of the institution will initiate the disciplinary action.

    Directions for students
  • For the students, the guidelines read, “Each student is expected to carry his/her own identity card. Entry to the institution should be strictly governed by the verification of the identity cards carried by students. To enforce such regulated entry, Security Guards and other associated staff may be engaged.”
  • Expanding on the security measures, the guidelines further read that such security staff along with the vigilance squads may organize some surprise raids on the premises of cafeteria/canteen/hostels/student union rooms/general common rooms/parking lots, etc, from time to time.

    Provisions for the emotional health of students
  • To help the students to overcome any emotional problems resulting from adjustment to a new environment, the guidelines further suggested the introduction of personal consultants/ mentors in colleges and departments and attaching of all new entrants, either individually and collectively in a group, to a specific faculty member who should devote a little time to the cause.
  • The guidelines further stressed that specific care should be taken to avoid harassment of any student on the basis of caste, sex, religion and further said that in this case, preventive actions are more important than punitive actions.

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