New Delhi: More than 960 cases of ragging in educational institutions across the country have been reported so far this year despite a number of measures being taken to curb the menace.
"As per information available, 961 cases of alleged
ragging were registered in anti-ragging toll-free helpline
during the period from January to November, 2011," Minister of
State for HRD D Purandeswari said in a written reply to Lok
However, Purandeswari said, "Incidents of ragging have
substantially come down after pro-active efforts by Central
Government have been launched."
On the measures being taken to curb the practice, the
Minister said, "Advisories are being issued to states and
higher education institutions every year to take stringent
measures, including filing criminal cases against those found
indulging in ragging."
Apart from that, University Grants Commission, All India
Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Dental council of
India (DCI), Medical Council of India (MCI) have also issued
regulations regarding anti-ragging for strict compliance.
There is also a toll-free anti-ragging helpline which has
been in operation since June 2009, she noted.