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Students admitted to college to give an undertaking not to indulge in ragging: Odisha

BERHAMPUR: The government of Odisha has made it compulsory for the students who are taking admission to the college to submit an undertaking to not indulge in any ragging, an official said. LK Tripathy, the regional director of education, Berhampur on Monday has written to all government and private college authorities to collect such undertakings from each fresh student to ensure a ragging-free college campus.

Due to some recent incidents in Bubanehswar and Bolangir wherein students committed suicide as their seniors ragged them in their colleges, the regional director released the letter. A first-year and-3 girl student died by suicide in BJB Autonomous College in Bhubaneswar on July 2, an MBBS student in Bolangir had allegedly jumped off the fourth floor of the medical college ending his life.

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Keeping the rising trend of ragging in higher educational institutions, Tripathy in the letter said: “Each student will be asked to give written undertaking not to indulge or abet ragging.”

At the same time, he also asked the principals to form anti-ragging squads, and committees in each institute and sensitize the students, including the fresher and seniors about the anti-ragging provisions. The leaflets or the brochures on the anti-ragging provisions should be distributed to each student of the colleges, he said.

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Officials have advised parents and guardians of the freshers to inform on the spot if anything (ragging) happens to their ward. The regional director asked the college heads that every hostel shall have a full-time warden. The anti-ragging movement should be taken from the beginning of admission in the colleges to ensure a ragging-free campus, said Tripathy, adding that no act of ragging, major or minor, should go unnoticed. “No ragger, be it a male or female student or non-student, should go unpunished,” he said.

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