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Anti-Ragging Cell

ANTI-RAGGING COMMITTEE (ARC), BELDA COLLEGE

A. MOTTO AND VISION:

One of the key mottos of higher educational institute like Belda College is to serve as the lever to the great surge forward of the Indian nation, and therefore the scourge of ragging that may corrode the vitals of the campus needs to be curbed. Appreciating this, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in accordance with the SLP No. 2429 of 2006 constituted the Raghavan committee and Lyngdoh committee in order to be apprised of the menace of Ragging in Educational Institutions and for recommending measures to curb it. In pursuance to the Judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India dated 08.05.2009 in Civil Appeal No. 887/2009 and as per the UGC notifications on ‘Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions, 2009’, Belda College under the recommendation of the Governing Body formed the strict Anti-Ragging Rules for its adherence by all students. The regulations are also available on UGC website www.ugc.ac.in

B. CONSTITUTION OF ANTI-RAGGING COMMITTEE (ARC) & ANTI-RAGGING SQUAD (ARS):

The Governing Body, Belda College duly constituted an Anti-Ragging Committee (ARC) and an Anti-Ragging Squad (ARS) in pursuance of the recommendations of the Reports of the Raghavan, the Lyngdoh committee and the UGC Regulations, 2009. The Anti-Ragging Squad, in contrast, should be a body with vigil, oversight and patrolling squad and should appropriately be a smaller body which should be nominated by the Principal. The Anti-Ragging Committee has to be formed according to the following structure:

  1. The Head of the Institution shall be the Chairman of the ARC.
  2. Officer-in-Charge of the nearby Police station
  3. One Health Officer/Civil Administrator
  4. One coordinator of ARC, from the faculty, to be nominated by the Principal.
  5. Four senior faculty members to be nominated by the Principal.
  6. One representative from the Parent.
  7. One representative from NGO.
  8. One Media person.
  9. One PG student representative.
  10. One UG student representative.
  11. One member from non-teaching employee.

With effect from September, 2020, a new composition of Anti Ragging Cell/Committee has been introduced in Belda College to look after the menace of ragging as well as prevent, prohibit and eliminate the practice of ragging in and around the Campus. The Anti-Ragging Committee strictly adheres to the UGC Regulations and vows to punish or take deterrent action against any individual, in case of any wilful event of ragging is found or reported.

The constitution of the Anti-Ragging Committee, Belda College is:

  1. Dr. Manabendra Mondal, Principal & Chairman
  2. Mr. Gautam Maity, Officer-in-charge, Belda Police Station
  3. Dr. Asish Mondol, BMOH, Narayangarh Development Block
  4. Dr. Abdul Hai Mallick, Co-ordinator & Head, Dept of Economics
  5. Dr. Avijit Kumar De, Asso. Prof. & Head, Dept of Physics
  6. Dr. Uma Sankar Senapati, Asso. Prof., Dept of Chemistry
  7. Dr. Lipika Mandal, Asst. Prof., Dept of Geography
  8. Dr. Deepak Paswan, Asst. Prof., Dept of Physical Education
  9. Mr. Gopinath Bhunia, Parent
  10. Mr. Debasish Rana, Secretary & Dist. Chairperson, Lions Club of Belda
  11. Mr. Chandan Ghosal, Reporter, Avas News
  12. Mr. Uttam Das, Student PG (Dept of Geography)
  13. Ms. Pratibha Bar, Student UG (Dept of Sociology)
  14. Mr. Suvendu Bhanja, Non teaching staff

The constitution of the Anti-Ragging Squad, Belda College is:

  1. Dr. Abdul Hai Mallick, Head, Department of Economics
  2. Dr. Sumit Giri, Head, Department of Zoology
  3. Dr. Saheli Chowdhury, Head, Department of Sociology
  4. Mr. Nagendranath Maity, Non-teaching Staff

C. DEFINING THE TERM ‘RAGGING’

Ragging means ‘any act, conduct or practice by which dominant power or status of senior students is brought to bear on students freshly admitted or are considered junior or inferior by other students’. It refers to asking the students ‘do any act which the student will not do in ordinary course and that which causes and generates a shame or embarrassment which may affect the physic or psyche of the student’. Any individual act or collective practice constitutes gross injustice and indiscipline and strict action may be taken in this regard.

The act of ragging may include any individual act or collective practice involving:

  1. Physical or verbal assault or threat to use physical force.
  2. Violating the status, dignity and honour of women in any form.
  3. Violating the dignity and honour of SC/ST/OBC & financially weaker students.
  4. Expose students to ridicule and contempt and affect their self-esteem.
  5. Verbal abuse and aggression, as well as indecent gestures and obscene behaviour of any kind and form.

D. ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN BY THE HEAD OF THE INSTITUTION

On receipt of the recommendation of the Anti‐Ragging Squad or on receipt of any information concerning any reported incident of ragging by the ARC, the Head of Institution shall immediately determine if a case under the penal laws is made out and if so, either on his own or through a member of the Anti‐Ragging Committee authorized by him in this behalf, proceed to file a First Information Report (FIR), within 24 hours of receipt of such information or recommendation, with the police and local authorities, under the appropriate penal provisions relating to one or more of the following, namely:

  1. Abetment to ragging;
  2. Criminal conspiracy to rag;
  3. Unlawful assembly and rioting while ragging;
  4. Public nuisance created during ragging;
  5. Violation of decency and morals through ragging;
  6. Injury to body, causing hurt or grievous hurt;
  7. Wrongful restraint;
  8. Wrongful confinement;
  9. Use of criminal force;
  10. Assault as well as sexual offences or unnatural offences;
  11. Extortion;
  12. Criminal trespass;
  13. Offences against property;
  14. Criminal intimidation;
  15. Attempts to commit any or all of the above mentioned offences against the victim(s);
  16. Threat to commit any or all of the above mentioned offences against the victim(s);
  17. Physical or psychological humiliation;
  18. All other offences following from the definition of "Ragging".

Provided that the Head of the Institution shall forthwith report the occurrence of the incident of ragging to the District Level Anti‐Ragging Committee and the Nodal officer of the affiliating University. Provided further that the Institution shall also continue with its own enquiry initiated under clause 9 of these Regulations and other measures without waiting for action on the part of the police/local authorities and such remedial action shall be initiated and completed immediately and in no case later than a period of seven days of the reported occurrence of the incident of ragging.

E. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS IN THE EVENT OF RAGGING

The institution shall punish a student found guilty of ragging after following the following procedures:

i) The Anti-Ragging Committee of the institution shall take an appropriate decision, in regard to punishment or otherwise, depending on the facts of each incident of ragging and nature and gravity of the incident of ragging established in the recommendations of the anti-ragging squad.

ii) The Anti-Ragging Committee, may, depending on the nature and gravity of the guilt established by the Anti-Ragging squad award, to those found guilty, one or more of the following punishments, namely

  1. Suspension from attending classes and academic privileges.
  2. Withholding/withdrawing scholarship/fellowship and other benefits.
  3. Debarring from appearing in any test/examination or other evaluation process.
  4. Withholding results.
  5. Debarring from representing in the institution in any regional/national or international meet, tournament, youth festival etc.
  6. Suspension/expulsion from the hostel.
  7. Cancellation of admission.
  8. Rustication from the institution for period ranging from one to four semesters.
  9. Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution for a specific period.

F. RAGGING COMPLAINT MECHANISM:

  1. Students may drop a written complaint in the Complaint Box of the College or to the Convener/any member of the Anti-Ragging Committee or Anti-Ragging Squad.
  2. Students may also report to the HOD/any teacher of the college, who shall in turn place the case to the Anti-Ragging Committee.
  3. Students may also ask their parents/friends to place the matter of ragging to the Anti-Ragging Committee.
  4. Students may email their complain at antiragging@beldacollege.ac.in
  5. Students may call at 24X7National Anti-Ragging Helpline No. 1800-180-5522
  6. Students may call 100 or inform the nearest Police Station.
  7. Students may inform the Office of the Principal, Belda College.