Delhi University: Guidelines issued against ragging, orientation program to start from November 20
- Colleges will organize orientation day to introduce new students
- The orientation program will be held online as will classes
- The university's anti-ragging guidelines say heads of institutions can appoint a Disciplinary Resource Person (DRP) for each college
The Delhi University on Thursday issued guidelines against ragging and directed colleges to keep a sealed complaint box in front of the principal's office and constitute vigilance squads. Colleges will organize orientation day to introduce new students. Miranda House will hold its orientation on November 20, including a virtual tour of the college.
Shri Ram College of Commerce, Indraprastha College for Women, Gargi College and Ramanujan College will be organizing their orientation sessions on November 22. Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science will hold its procedure on November 20. The orientation program will be held online as will classes.
The university's anti-ragging guidelines say heads of institutions can appoint a Disciplinary Resource Person (DRP) for each college, hostel, hall, department and his or her details should be shared with the invigilator's office.
"The institutions may erect suitable hoardings/billboards/banners in prominent places within the respective campus to exhort 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 to form a Disciplinary Resource Committee (DRC)/Disciplinary Committee at the college/faculty/department level," they said.
"Sealed complaint boxes are 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," the guidelines said.
"Each student is expected to carry his/her own identity card. Entry to the institution should be strictly governed on the verification of the identity cards carried by students. To enforce such regulated entry, Security Guards and other associated staff may be engaged.
“Such security staff along with the vigilance squads may organise, from time to time, some surprise raids on the premises of cafeteria/canteen/hostels/student union rooms/general common rooms/parking lots etc,” the guidelines said.
They also suggested the introduction of a personal counselor/ mentor to colleges and departments and the attachment of all new entrants, both individually and collectively to a group of intelligence members who must devote a little time to overcoming any emotional problems caused by adjustment to a new environment.
They also said that care must be taken to prevent any student from being discriminated against on the basis of race, gender or religion.