DEFINITION OF RAGGING
‘Ragging’ includes the following:
Any conduct whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of harassing, teasing, treating or rudely handling any other student, indulging in rowdy or undisciplined 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 students to do any act or perform something which such student ‘will not 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.
Punishable ingredients of Ragging
- Abetment to ragging;
- Criminal conspiracy to rag;
- Unlawful assembly and rioting while ragging;
- Public nuisance created during ragging;
- Violation of decency and morals through ragging;
- Injury to body, causing hurt or grievous hurt;
- Wrongful restraint;
- Wrongful confinement;
- Use of criminal force;
- Assault as well as sexual offences or even unnatural offences;
- Criminal trespass;
- Offences against property;
- Criminal intimidation;
- Attempts to commit any or all of the above mentioned offences against the victim(s);
- Physical or psychological humiliation.
- All other offences following from the definition of “Ragging”.
The BCMC Anti-Ragging Committee consists of a Chairman (appointed by the Principal) and representatives of civil and police administration, local media, Non-Government Organizations involved in youth activities, faculty members, parents, students belonging to the freshers’ category as well as seniors and non-teaching staff. It shall monitor the Anti Ragging activities in the institution, consider the recommendations of the Anti-Ragging Squad and take appropriate decisions, including spelling out suitable punishments to those found guilty. The members of the committee are appointed for a period of one year.
Position in the Committee
|1||Dr. Girija Mohan||Principal, BCMC||Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||Dr. Meril Ann Soman||Assistant Professor, Anatomy||Member Secretaryemail@example.com|
|3||Mr. Rajappan T T||DYSP of Police, Thiruvalla||Police Representativefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|4||Mr. Alex Chacko||Thiruvalla Bureau In-charge, Malayala Manorama||Media Representativeemail@example.com|
|5||Dr. Abel K Samuel Johnson||Assoc. Professor – Community Mediicne & Vice-Dean, Undergraduate studies||Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|6||Dr. Boban Babu||Registrar & Associate Professor, Forensic Medicine||Memberemail@example.com|
|7||Dr. Jacob Jesurun||Professor & HOD, Pharmacology, Dean- Students Affairs, Chief Warden – Boys Hostel||Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|8||Dr. Rani Nalla Thamby||Associate Professor, Anatomy, Chief Warden – Girls Hostel||Memberemail@example.com|
|9||Dr. George Thomas||Associate Professor, ENT||Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|10||Dr. Anita Mathew||Associate Professor, Anaesthesiology||Memberemail@example.com|
|11||Adv. Princy P. Varghese||Senior Legal Officer||Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|12||Mr. Rajesh Chacko||Administrative Manager||Memberemail@example.com|
|13||Rev. Thomas Varghese||Chaplain||Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|14||Mr. Saji Varghese||Chief Security Officer||Memberemail@example.com|
|15||Mr. Suresh Richard||PTA Representative||Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|16||Adv. Joseph John||YMCA Representative||Memberemail@example.com|
|17||Mr. Samgi George||Student Representative||Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|18||Ms. Namitha Raju||Student Representative||Memberemail@example.com|
The Anti-Ragging Squad consists of faculty members, representation from members of various sections of the campus community. The Squad has vigil, oversight and patrolling functions. The squad is empowered to inspect places of potential ragging and make surprise raids on hostels and other hot spots. The Squad will investigate incidents of ragging and make recommendations to the Anti- Ragging Committee and works under the overall guidance of the Anti-Ragging Committee.
All matters of discipline within the college campus will be resolved within the campus except those impinging on law and order, or breach of peace or public tranquility, all of which will be dealt with under the penal laws of the land.
- WOMEN’S SQUAD
|1||Dr. Geethu Mathewfirstname.lastname@example.org||9539814320|
|2||Dr. Pooja Pemail@example.com||9400996342|
|3||Jyothi S Krishnafirstname.lastname@example.org||8113919003|
|4||Dr. Jincy Johnemail@example.com||8075579035|
|5||Dr. Anulekha Mary Johnfirstname.lastname@example.org||8086570321|
|6||Dr. Elizabeth Jamesemail@example.com||9400544086|
|7||Dr. Rija Mathew Royfirstname.lastname@example.org||9539755242|
|8||Dr. Ani Thambiemail@example.com||8547903537|
|9||Dr. Elsa Joyfirstname.lastname@example.org||8075946977|
|10||Ms. Ancy Mol Johnemail@example.com||9947934581|
|11||Dr. Remya D Kunjufirstname.lastname@example.org||8870839172|
|15||Dr. Linda Jacobemail@example.com||9447948643|
|16||Dr. Alice Davidfirstname.lastname@example.org||9605145220|
|17||Dr. Keerthy Kurianemail@example.com||8792406569|
|18||Dr. Ambujam Sfirstname.lastname@example.org||8111818883|
|19||Dr. Rani Nallathambyemail@example.com||9496724448|
|20||Ms.Lynn Elizabeth Thamasfirstname.lastname@example.org||9895411750|
|21||Ms. Liji Anna Devasyemail@example.com||9496431555|
|22||Ms. Sindhu Thomasfirstname.lastname@example.org||9539721444|
|23||Dr. Grace Mary Johnemail@example.com||8680092972|
|24||Dr. Sreeja Sfirstname.lastname@example.org||9496833742|
|25||Dr. Jerene Mathewsemail@example.com||7708906891|
|26||Dr. Ani Thambifirstname.lastname@example.org||8547903537|
|27||Dr. Elizabeth Jamesemail@example.com||9400544086|
|28||Dr. Rija Mathew Royfirstname.lastname@example.org||9539755242|
|29||Ms. Ancy Mol Johnemail@example.com||9947934581|
- MEN’S SQUAD
|1||Dr. Aby Dany Varghesefirstname.lastname@example.org 9539806393|
|2||Dr. Sujin Koshyemail@example.com||7358993424|
|3||Dr. Deny Kurian Mathewfirstname.lastname@example.org||9790359369|
|4||Dr.Alex M Vargheseemail@example.com||9746804496|
|6||Dr.Sunit Varghese Thomasfirstname.lastname@example.org||9645532295|
|7||Dr. George Thomasemail@example.com||9846570321|
|8||Dr. Leslie Jacob Chackofirstname.lastname@example.org||9895995133|
|9||Dr. Charles Abrahamemail@example.com||9847608799|
|10||Dr. Aravind Ajidfirstname.lastname@example.org||9562178070|
|13||Mr. Ajith Peter Lopezemail@example.com||9447713136|
|17||Dr. Vishnu Rfirstname.lastname@example.org||9207320999|
|18||Dr.Alex M Vargheseemail@example.com||9746804496|
|19||Dr. Boban Babufirstname.lastname@example.org||9633060003|
|20||Dr. Nithin Thomas Philipemail@example.com||8547619200|
|21||Dr. Jacob Jesurun R Sfirstname.lastname@example.org||9894119472|
|22||Dr. Juma Jaleelemail@example.com||8921424457|
|23||Dr. Cleetus CCfirstname.lastname@example.org||8122110931|
|24||Dr. Abel K Samuel Johnsonemail@example.com||8754114518|
|27||Dr. Mammen Paulfirstname.lastname@example.org||9496845638|
|29||Dr. Nitin Aniyan Thomasemail@example.com||9676041001|
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ANTI RAGGING COMMITTEE
- Strictly observe the provisions of the Act of the Central Government and the State Governments, if any, or if enacted and/or for the time being in force, considering ragging as a cognizable offence under the law at par with rape and other atrocities against women and ill-treatment of persons belonging to the SC/ST and prohibiting ragging in all its forms in all institutions.
- Ensure Ragging in all its forms is totally banned in the entire Medical College including its departments, constituent units, all its premises (academic, residential, sports, canteen, etc.) whether located within the campus or outside and in all means of transportation of students whether public or private.
- The Medical College/Institution/University shall take strict action against those found guilty of ragging and/or of abetting ragging.
ANTI RAGGING PROCEDURES BEFORE ADMISSION
- The advertisement for admissions shall clearly mention that ragging is totally banned/prohibited in the Medical College/Institution and anyone found guilty of ragging and/or abetting ragging is liable to be punished appropriately.
- The brochure of admission/instruction booklet for candidates shall print in block letters these Regulations in full.
- The Prospectus and other admission related documents shall incorporate all directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and /or the Central or State Governments as applicable, so that the candidates and their parents/guardians are sensitized in respect of the prohibition and consequences of ragging.
- A Brochure or booklet/leaflet shall be distributed to each student at the beginning of each academic session for obtaining undertaking not to indulge or abet ragging and shall contain the blueprint of prevention and methods of redress.
- The application form for admission/enrolment shall have a printed undertaking, preferably both in English/Hindi and in one of the regional languages known to the institution and the applicant to be filled up and signed by the candidate to the effect that he/she is aware of the law regarding prohibition of ragging as well as the punishments, and to the effect that he/she has not been expelled and/or debarred from admission by any institution and that he/she, if found guilty of the offence of ragging and/or abetting ragging, is liable to be punished appropriately.
- The application form shall also contain a printed undertaking, preferably both in English/Hindi and in one of the regional languages known to the institution and the parent/guardian to be signed by the parent/guardian of the applicant to the effect that he/ she is also aware of the law in this regard and agrees to abide by the punishment meted out to his/her ward in case the latter is found guilty of ragging and/or abetting ragging.
- A database has to be created out of affidavits affirmed by each student and his/her parents/guardians stored electronically, and shall contain the details of each student. The database shall also function as a record of ragging complaints received.
- The application for admission shall be accompanied by a document in the form of the School Leaving Certificate/transfer certificate/migration certificate/Character Certificate which shall include a report on the behavioral pattern of the applicant, so that the institution can thereafter keep intense watch upon a student who has a negative entry in this regard.
- A student seeking admission to the hostel shall have to submit additional undertaking (given along with hostel rules, in the form of Annexure I and II) along with his/her application for hostel accommodation.
- At the commencement of the academic session the Head of the Institution shall convene and address a meeting of various functionaries/agencies, like Wardens, representatives of students, parents/guardians, faculty, district administration including police, to discuss the measures to be taken to prevent ragging in the Institution and steps to be taken to identify the offenders and punish them suitably.
- To make the community at large and the students in particular aware of the dehumanizing effect of ragging, and the approach of the institution towards those indulging in ragging, big posters (preferably multicolored with different colours for the provisions of law, punishments, etc.) shall be prominently displayed on all Notice Boards of all departments, hostels and other buildings as well as at vulnerable places. Some of such posters shall be of permanent nature in certain vulnerable places.
- Apart from placing posters mentioned above at strategic places, the Medical College shall undertake measures for extensive publicity against ragging by means of audio-visual aids, by holding counseling sessions, workshops, painting and design competitions among students and other methods as it deems fit.
- The Medical College shall request the media to give adequate publicity to the law prohibiting ragging and the negative aspects of ragging and the institution’s resolve to ban ragging and punish those found guilty without fear or favour.
- The Medical College shall identify, properly illuminate and man all vulnerable locations.
- The Medical College shall tighten security in its premises, especially at the vulnerable places. If necessary, intense policing shall be resorted to at such points at odd hours during the early months of the academic session.
- The Medical College shall utilize the vacation period before the start of the new academic year to launch wide publicity campaign against ragging through posters, leaflets, seminars, street plays, etc.
- The faculties/departments/units of the Medical College/Institution/University shall have induction arrangements (including those which anticipate, identify and plan to meet any special needs of any specific section of students) in place well in advance of the beginning of the academic year with a clear sense of the main aims and objectives of the induction process.
- The Principal shall obtain an undertaking from every employee of the institution including teaching and non-teaching members of staff, contract labour employed in the premises either for running canteen or as watch and ward staff or for cleaning or maintenance of the buildings/lawns etc. that he/she would report promptly any case of ragging which comes to his/her notice. A provision shall be made in the service rules for issuing certificates of appreciation to such members of the staff who report ragging which will form part of their service record.
ENSURE ON ADMISSION
- Every fresher admitted to the Medical College shall be given a printed leaflet detailing when and to whom he/she has to turn to for help and guidance for various purposes (including Wardens, Head of the institution, members of the anti-ragging committees, relevant district and police authorities), addresses and telephone numbers of such persons/authorities, etc., so that the fresher need not look up to the seniors for help in such matters and get indebted to them and start doing things, right or wrong, at their behest. Such a step will reduce the freshers’ dependence on their seniors.
- Every institution should engage or seek the assistance of professional counselors at the time of admissions to counsel freshers in order to prepare them for the life ahead, particularly for adjusting to the life in hostels.
- The Medical College/Institution/University through the leaflet mentioned above shall explain to the new entrants the arrangements for their induction and orientation which promote efficient and effective means of integrating them fully as students.
- The leaflet mentioned above shall also inform the freshers about their rights as bonafide students of the institution and clearly instructing them that they should desist from doing anything against their will even if ordered by the seniors, and that they have nothing to fear as the institution cares for them and shall not tolerate any atrocities against them.
- The leaflet mentioned above shall contain a calendar of events and activities laid down by the institution to facilitate and complement familiarization of freshers with the academic environment of the institution.
- The Medical College/Institution/University shall also organize joint sensitization programmes of freshers and seniors. On the arrival of senior students after the first week or after the second week as the case may be, further orientation programmes must be scheduled as follows (i) joint sensitization programme and counseling of both freshers and senior by a Professional counselor; (ii) joint orientation programme of freshers and seniors to be addressed by the principal/Head of the institution, and the anti -ragging committee; (iii) organization on a large scale of cultural, sports and other activities to provide a platform for the freshers and seniors to interact in the presence of faculty members; (iv) in the hostel, the warden should address all students; may request two junior colleagues from the college faculty to assist the warden by becoming resident tutors for a temporary duration.
- Freshers shall be encouraged to report incidents of ragging, either as victims, or even as witnesses.
ENSURE AT THE END OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR
- At the end of every academic year the Principal shall send a letter to the parents/guardians of the students who are completing the first year informing them about the law regarding ragging and the punishments, and appealing to them to impress upon their wards to desist from indulging in ragging when they come back at the beginning of the next academic session.
- At the end of every academic year the Medical College/Institution /University shall form a Mentoring Cell consisting of Mentors for the succeeding academic year. There shall be as many levels or tiers of Mentors as the number of batches in the institution, at the rate of 1 Mentor for 6 freshers and 1 Mentor of a higher level for 6 Mentors of the lower level.
- Each batch of freshers should be divided into small groups and each such group shall be assigned to a member of the staff. Such staff member should interact individually with, each member of the group on a daily basis for ascertaining the problems/difficulties if any faced by the fresher in the institution and extending necessary help.
- In the case of freshers admitted to a hostel it shall be the responsibility of the teacher in charge of the group to coordinate with the warden of the hostel and to make surprise visits to the rooms in the hostel where the members of the group are lodged.
OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BE FACILITATED
- The Medical College/Institution/University shall arrange for regular and periodic psychological counseling and orientation for students (for freshers separately, as well as jointly with seniors) by professional counselors during the first three months of the new academic year. This shall be done at the institution and department/course levels. Parents and teachers shall also be involved in such sessions.
- Full-time warden shall be appointed as per the eligibility criteria laid down for the post reflecting both the command and control aspects of maintaining discipline, as well as the softer skills of counseling and communicating with the youth outside the class-room situations. Wardens shall be accessible at all hours and shall be provided with mobile phones and the details of their telephone number must be widely publicized. Similarly, the telephone numbers of the other important functionaries – Heads of institutions, faculty members, members of the anti-ragging committees, district and sub-divisional authorities and state authorities where relevant, should also be widely disseminated for the needy to get in touch or seek help in emergencies. The institution shall review and suitably enhance the powers and perquisites of Wardens and authorities involved in curbing the menace of ragging.
- Freshers shall be lodged in a separate hostel block, wherever possible, and where such facilities are not available, the college/institution shall ensure that seniors’ access to freshers’ accommodation is strictly monitored by wardens, security guards and college staff. As ragging takes place mostly in the hostels after the classes are over in the college, a round the clock vigil against ragging in the hostel premises shall be provided. It is seen, that college canteens and hostel messes are also places where ragging often takes place. The employers/employees of the canteens/mess shall be given necessary instructions to keep strict vigil and to report the incidents of ragging to the college authorities if any. The security personnel posted in hostels shall be under the direct control of the Wardens and assessed by them.
- The Head of the institution shall take immediate action on receipt of the recommendations of the Ant-Ragging Squad. He/She shall also take action suomotu if the circumstances so warrant.
- Freshers who do not report the incidents of ragging either as victims or as witnesses shall also be punished suitably.
- Anonymous random surveys shall be conducted across the 1st year batch of students (freshers) every fortnight during the first three months of the academic year to verify and cross-check whether the campus is indeed free of ragging or not. The institution may design its own methodology of conducting such surveys.
- The burden of proof shall lie on the perpetrator of ragging and not on the victim.
- The institution shall file an FIR with the police/local authorities whenever a case of ragging is reported, but continue with its own enquiry and other measures without waiting for action on the part of the police/local authorities. Remedial action shall be initiated and completed within the one week of the incident itself.
- The Migration/Transfer Certificate issued to the student by the Medical College/Institution/University shall have an entry, apart from those relating to general conduct and behaviour, whether the student has been punished for the offence of committing or abetting ragging, or not, as also whether the student has displayed persistent violent or aggressive behaviour or any inclination to harm others.
- Preventing or acting against ragging shall be the collective responsibility of all levels and sections of authorities or functionaries in the Medical College/Institution/University, including faculty, and not merely that of the specific body/committee constituted for prevention of ragging.
- As such the college canteens and hostel messes are also places where ragging often takes place, hence the employers/employees of the canteens/mess shall be given necessary instructions to keep strict vigil and to report the incidents of ragging to the college authorities, if any. Further access to mobile phones and public phones shall be unrestricted in hostels and campuses, except in class-rooms, seminar halls, library etc. where jammers shall be installed to restrict the use of mobile phones.
At the Medical College/Institution level:
Depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established by the Anti-Ragging Committee of the institution, the possible punishments for those found guilty of ragging at the institution level shall be any one or any combination of the following:
- Suspension from attending classes and academic privileges.
- Withholding/withdrawing scholarship/fellowship and other benefits
- Debarring from appearing in any test/examination or other evaluation Process.
- Withholding results
- Debarring from representing the institution in any regional, national or international meet, tournament, youth festival, etc.
- Suspension/expulsion from the hostel
- Cancellation of admission.
- Rustication from the institution for period ranging from 1 to 4 Semesters.
- Fine of Rs. 25,000/- and Rs. 1 lakh.
- Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution for a specific period.
- Collective punishment: When the persons committing or abetting the crime of ragging are not identified, the institution shall resort to collective punishment.
Penal consequences for the heads of the institutions/administration of the institution who do not take timely steps in the prevention of ragging and punishing those who rag:
The authorities of the institution particularly the Head of the institution, shall be responsible to ensure that no incident of ragging takes place in the institution. In case any incident of ragging takes place, the Head shall take prompt and appropriate action against the person (s) whose dereliction of duty lead to the incident. The authority designated to appoint the Head shall, in its turn, take prompt and appropriate action against the Head.
In addition to penal consequences, departmental enquiries be initiated against such heads institutions/members of the administration/faculty members/non-teaching staff, who display an apathetic or insensitive attitude towards complaints of ragging.
ACTIONS WHICH CAN BE TAKEN AT THE MCI LEVEL
- Impose an exemplary fine of Rs. 1 lakh for each incident of ragging payable by erring medical college/institution to such authority as may be designated by the appropriate Govt., as the case may be.
- Declare the erring Medical College/Institution/University as not having the minimum academic standards and warning the potential candidates for admission at such institution through public notice and posing on the MCI website.
- Declare the erring Medical College/Institution/University to be ineligible for preferring any application u/s 10A of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 for a minimum period of one year, extendable by such quantum by the Council as would be commensurate with the wrong.