Ragging is a criminal offence as per the Supreme Court verdict. Ragging is an offence under Indian Penal Code. As per Supreme Court verdict ragging is defined as:

“Causing, inducing, compelling or forcing a student, whether by way of practical joke or otherwise, to do any act which detracts from human dignity or violates his/her person or exposes him/her to ridicule from doing any lawful act. By intimidating, wrongfully restraining, wrongfully confining, or injuring him or by using criminal force on him/her or by holding out to him/her any threat of intimidation, wrongful confinement, injury or the use of criminal force.”

“Ragging in all its forms is totally banned in this institution including in its departments, constituent units, all its premises (academic, residential, sports, canteen/cafeteria and the like) whether located within the campus or outside and in all means of transportation of students whether public or private.”

In case of every single incident of ragging, a First Information Report (FIR) will be filed with the local police authorities. The possible punishment includes rigorous imprisonment (in compliance with the order of Supreme Court of India).

Anti-Ragging Policy

The following is a description of what constitutes ragging as per the Raghavan Committee recommendation to the Supreme Court :
Ragging is as any act which violates the dignity of the individual student or is perceived to violate his/her dignity. Ragging is a cognizable, non-bailable, noncompoundable offence with punishment ranging from one year imprisonment and fine up to 7 years rigorous imprisonment and fine.
Broadly ragging can be categorized in the following way for which various term of punishment are prescribed:

  • Verbal: Where senior causes mental harassment, discomfort for the junior by forcing him/her to answer unacceptable/ personal questions, dance, sing etc is said to rag the junior. It also includes within its ambit cyber ragging. Punishment: 1 year imprisonment or fine or both.
  • Severe Verbal Ragging: Where the mental harassment, discomfort is to such an act as forces the junior to withdraw from the college. Punishment: 7 year imprisonment with fine.
  • Physical: Any act by the senior towards the junior which in icts bodily injury on the junior, like beating the junior, hitting him/her with objects etc. Punishment: 7 year imprisonment with fine.
  • Sexual Ragging: Where the senior asks the junior to do an act which damages sexual dignity of the junior. Punishment: 7 year rigorous imprisonment and fine.

Penalty for Ragging (Institute level) –

  • Expulsion from the educational institution, if found guilty on inquiry by the Institution against a complaint lodged by any other student.
  • Any student convicted with imprisonment shall be dismissed from the educational institution in which he/she has been prosecuting his studies for the time being, and shall not be readmitted to that educational institution.

Anti-Ragging Committee

Complying with the directives of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the Anti-ragging committee and squad is formed for overseeing the implementation of the provisions of the Anti-ragging Verdict. This committee comprising faculty and administrators will monitor the measures taken by the Institute for prevention of ragging, will look into the specific instances of ragging and complaints of ragging; and suggest appropriate action / punishment against individuals who indulge in ragging.

The institute AntiRagging Commmittee consists of :

  • COSA (Convener)
  • Council of Wardens (Members)
  • Registrar (Member)
  • Assistant Registrar (Academic and Student Affairs) (Member Secretary)

The committee will oversee the implementation of the provisions of the verdict and the Govt. of India guidelines in this regard from time to time.