11-13-2014, 09:28 PM
In recent attempts to curb ragging University Grants Commission (UGC) has released additional anti crushing guidelines for higher education institutions.
These include identifying the problem triggers and surprise checks on hostels, student dormitories, dining rooms, lounges, toilets and bus stops.
It was also recommended the introduction of rapid response systems, surveillance cameras, alarms and regular consultations. UGC made it compulsory for every student and parents to submit online is held every academic year. College students react.
Shivani Dahiyu, NIFT, Bangalore
Constant checks at the hostel and CCTVs are more an invasion of privacy than an effective measure against crushing. From what I experienced, students are torn despite heavy surveillance because it does not take place in the premises of the college. The rules do not promise complete eradication, but definitely bring some relief. Hotline, in my opinion, is one of the best things that can happen to students. It has helped a lot of my classmates.
Candice Rozario, MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai
I am totally against crushing, but I do not like the idea of surveillance cameras on campus. I think that the crushing deep-seated problems and home plays an important role in relation to the student. I think that measures should start from home, as it will have a positive impact.
Aathira Konnikara, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai
UGC welcomes the transition to introduce more stringent measures, but it should not infringe on the privacy of students, especially the installation of CCTV cameras. As for the online extraction measure the obligation of parents and their wards, I was not convinced that such a landmark commitment to work among people without a social conscience.
Devbrat Mandal, International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar
I think this is a good initiative and, if done correctly, will help identify those that cause problems. This will remove the blame from the full senior team and put only the person responsible for the scanner, thereby reducing tensions among students.
Besides counseling will surely help perpetrators and victims.