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HRD warning against ragging

Ranchi, May 21: Zero tolerance to ragging. That's the stern stance that educational institutes have taken against the R-word this academic season following a directive from the state human resource development (HRD) department.

Acting on a Supreme Court directive that has asked educational institutes to expel students indulging in ragging and file FIRs against them, the department has issued a notice today. Warning the students, the notice says that strict action will be taken against the guilty on the basis of the apex court's order.

With the admission process picking up after the announcements of ISC, ICSE and state matriculation results, colleges and varsities have chalked out plans to deal with ragging incidents.

As a pre-emptive measure, most schools and colleges have made their stands against ragging known in their prospectus. Many institutes have decided to hand over transfer certificates to the guilty besides maintaining a vigil on the campus.

A.A. Khan, the vice-chancellor of Ranchi University, said: "As soon as classes commence in July, we will form an anti-ragging committee, comprising both teachers and students." On the other hand, Marwari College has made it possible for the students to register complaints at the college website. "Any student feeling insecure on the campus can file complaints at our website, www.marwaricollege.org, and we will immediately take action. Guilty students will be expelled," principal Javed Ahmed said.

He added that they had already have formed an anti-ragging committee comprising seven members. "The committee members will keep a tab on campus activities," he said.

Gurunanak Higher Secondary School has decided to depute teachers at isolated corners of the school.

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