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UGC,officials open helpline against ragging in Engg. colleges

Kakinada, 11th June: Advising students not to spoil their careers by resorting to ragging, East Godavari district Collector M. Ravi Chandra on Thursday said that Raghavan Committee, appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC), had studied the scenario of ragging in educational institutions and recommended stringent action against the guilty.

In a statement here, Mr. Ravi Chandra said that the committee recommended the suspension of students who resorted to ragging, immediate cancellation of benefits like scholarship and fellowship, not allowing them for examinations, with holding their results and suspending them from hostel.

"The committee also recommended levying of fine up to Rs. 2.5 lakh and keeping the offenders away from educational institutions for certain period," he explained. Mr. Ravi Chandra said that the UGC, in association with the BSNL set up a toll-free number 1800-180-5522 for providing assistance to the ragging victims.

This was in addition to the website www.helpline@antiragging.net, he said.source:Timesofindia

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