Anti Ragging Cell

Introduction :   Shree Agrasen Mahavidyalaya Campus is a ragging free campus. The Institute practices a zero tolerance to any kind of ragging in Campus and its hostels which is ensured through closed monitoring by anti-ragging committee. Number of anti-ragging measures is in place to ensure strict compliance. Students will refrain from ragging of any kind and those who violate this rule will be instantly suspended from the College for a period of one week. The matter will be placed before the Anti-Ragging Committee, which will review the incident of ragging and take action according to the due process of law. Students must take note that ragging results in their dismissal from the college. The attention of the students is also drawn to the judgment of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India where it is mandatory for the institution to file a complaint with the Police Authority, and with all resulting consequences as per the Circular of the Directorate of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal, University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines notified vide Ni. F.1-16/2009 (CPP-II) dated 21.10.2009 on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions, 2009 (U/S 26(1) (g) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956).
Ragging is strictly prohibited in the college campus and strict action will be taken irrespective of the extent. Inspite of that, if anybody found indulged in such kind of activities shall attract the punishments as applicable, which include any one or combination thereof.

Anti-ragging Committee
The Anti-Ragging Committee of the Mahavidyalaya composed of the following members –
Dr. Jayeeta Basu, Teacher-in-charge (Mobile No. 9434234254)
Dr. Manas Jana, Co-coordinator, IQAC (Mobile No. 9734098365)
Prof. Raghabendra Ray, Member Secretary (Mobile No. 9635415898)
Prof. Ramkishore Barman, T.R. of Governing Body (Mobile No. 9851676406)
Shri Sanjib Chakraborty, Non-Teaching Representative (Mobile No. 9832336494)
Shri Chaitu Singha, Non-Teaching Representative (Mobile No. 9635881671) General Secretary, Students' Union

Anti-ragging Law of Government of West Bengal :   The Government of West Bengal has enacted Anti Ragging Law, "West Bengal Prohibition of Ragging in Educational Institutions Act 2000" to prevent ragging at the Educational Institution. Further, the Government has directed all Heads of educational institution of the State to form Anti Ragging Committee to implement strictly and punish the students indulging in ragging activities stringently as per the provision of the law. The Supreme Court in its order, dated the 16th May 2007, has ordered a crackdown on ragging on campuses across the country. The court made it compulsory for Colleges and other educational institutions to register FIRs and said exemplary punishment should be awarded to offenders, so that it acts as deterrent.

In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (g) of sub-section (1) of Section 26 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, the University Grants Commission hereby makes the following Regulations, namely;

Title, commencement and applicability
a) These regulations shall be called the "UGC Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions, 2009".
b) The regulations shall come into force with immediate effect.
c) The regulations shall apply to all the institutions coming within the definition of a University under sub-section (f) of section (2) of the University Grants Commission Act 1956, to all other higher educational institutions, or elements of such universities or institutions, including its departments, constituent units and all the premises, whether being academic, residential, playgrounds, canteen, or other such premises of such universities, deemed universities and higher educational institutions, whether located within the campus or outside, and to all means of transportation of students, whether public or private, accessed by c) students for the pursuit of studies in such universities, deemed universities and higher educational institutions.

Objectives :   To root out ragging in all its forms from universities, colleges and other educational institutions in the country by prohibiting it by law, preventing its occurrence by following the provisions of these Regulations and punishing those who indulge in ragging as provided in these Regulations and the appropriate law in force.

Definition of Ragging
Ragging means the following :
a) Any conduct by any student or students whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student;
b) Indulging in rowdy or indisciplined activities by any student or students which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in any fresher or any other student;
c) Asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame, or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other student;
d) Any act by a senior student that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of any other student or a fresher;
e) Exploiting the services of a fresher or any other student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of students.
f) Any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a fresher or any other student by students;
g) Any act physical abuse including all variants of it; sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person;
h) Any act of abuse by spoken words, emails, post, public insults which would also include deriving perverted pleasure, vicarious or sadistic thrill from actively or passively participating in the discomfiture to fresher or any other student;
i) Any act that affects the mental health and self-confidence of a fresher or any other student with or without an intent to derive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by a student over any fresher or any other student.

Punishable Ingredients of Ragging
Abetment to ragging
Criminal conspiracy to rag;
Unlawful assembly and rioting while ragging;
Public nuisance created during ragging;
Violation of decency and morals through ragging;
Injury to body, causing hurt or grievous hurt;
Wrongful restraint;
Use of criminal force;
Assault as well as sexual offences or unnatural offences;
Criminal trespass;
Offences against property;
Criminal intimidation;
Attempt to commit any or all of the above mentioned offences against the victim(s);
Physical or psychological humiliation;
All other offences following from the definition of "Ragging".

Measures for Prohibition of Ragging at the Institutional Level
1. The institution shall strictly observe the provisions of the Act of the Central Government and the State Governments, if any, or if enacted, considering ragging as a cognizable offence under the law on a par with rape and other atrocities against women and ill-treatment of persons belonging to the SC/ST, and prohibiting ragging in all its forms in all institutions.
2. Ragging in all its forms shall be totally banned in the entire institution, including its departments, constituents units, all its premises (academic, residential, sports, canteen, etc.) whether located within the campus or outside and in all means of transportation of students whether public or private.
3. The institution shall take strict action against those found guilty of ragging and/or of abetting ragging.

Punishments: At the Institution Level
Depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established by the Anti-Ragging Committee of the institution, the possible punishments for those found guilty of ragging at the institutional level shall be any or any combination of the following:
Suspension from attending classes and academic privileges;
Withholding/withdrawing scholarship/fellowship and other benefits;
Debarring from appearing in any test/examination or other evaluation process;
Withholding results;
Debarring from representing the institution in any regional, national or international meet, tournament, youth festival, etc;
Cancellation of admission;
Rustication from the institution for period ranging from one to four semesters;
Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution for a specified period;
When the persons committing or abetting the crime of ragging are not identified, the institution shall resort to collective punishment.