Jamshedpur, Sept. 2: It will be a month-long separation between freshers and seniors at MGM Medical College and Hospital.
The decision has been enforced by the authorities to curb ragging this year.
The college that organised its induction programme for freshers yesterday, formally introducing seniors and juniors, has asked its seniors "to stay as far away from freshers" as possible. Though seniors have not been made to sign any forms, they have been asked to maintain distance for at least a month.
With the Supreme Court and the UGC placing the onus on educational institutions to prevent ragging on campuses, the medical college has made freshers sign an undertaking that they will not indulge in ragging. The first-year students were made to sign a form issued by the Union human resource development department during admission.
Though no case of ragging has been reported from the college, authorities said that signing of an undertaking was a precautionary measure. "We decided to take the initiative after the SC verdict. The process of signing the form was completed at the time of admission. It's applicable only to freshers. However, senior students were also instructed not to indulge in ragging," said A.N. Mishra, the principal. After signing the undertaking, with a declaration from parents, if any student is found to be involved in ragging, s/he will have to abide by the college's decisions.
"The issue (ragging) is big enough to ruin a life. Initially, we thought of an informal interaction, but at a meeting called by senior students yesterday, we decided to completely stay away," said a final-year student.Source:The Telegraph