Colleges' Anti-Ragging Squads Gear up for Freshers' First Week

Besides the already existing anti-ragging cell, colleges have planned to take extra effort to educate the students and parents against this menace by placing banners near the canteen, library and even at bus stands. In engineering colleges, authorities give freshers helpline numbers and a mail address to complain in case they are ragged. SRM University registrar N Sethuraman says the college already has an anti-ragging cell. A Sathyabama University official said besides the anti-ragging committee, the freshers are informed of the helpline numbers and e-mail IDs of panel members. 

With city colleges about to reopen for the new academic year, college authorities have come up with strict regulations against ragging. Besides the already existing anti-ragging cell, colleges have planned to take extra effort to educate the students and parents against this menace by placing banners near the canteen, library and even at bus stands. According to Lalitha Balakrishnan, principal, MOP Vaishnav College for Women, during Freshers Day, seniors extend a helping hand to the juniors instead of having different kinds of fun. “We have a talent hunt where seniors find out what talents the juniors have. 

We also held a workshop for the mothers of first year students and explained how they should prepare their wards for college,” she explains. MOP Vaishnav has an active anti-ragging committee and the suggestion box helps curb ragging on campus. “We also have vigilant squads moving around during breaks to ensure that no such activities take place,” explains Lalitha. In engineering colleges, authorities give freshers helpline numbers and a mail address to complain in case they are ragged.