Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh, 21st July:Mr. Tikshan Sud Medical Education and Research Minister today issued direction to all Principals and staff of all Government and Private Medical, Dental, Ayurvedic, Homeopathy, Para medical and nursing colleges to immediately expel the students found indulging in the practice of ragging.
In a communiqué addressed to Vice Chancellor Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, Director Medical Education & Research, Director Ayush and Principals of Medical Colleges, since the new session in all the Medical Institutions is about to commence, there is greater need for the authorities of the institutions to keep a strict vigil on the activities of students to check the practice of ragging of newcomers.
The Minister said that any laxity shown by management, administration, Principal, faculty or staff in implementing the guidelines of the Apex Court, would be treated very seriously and would invite stern disciplinary action. He reiterated that management, principal and staff to take effective steps to ensure that no new student becomes victim of this wrong practice of ragging.
Making it imperative for the management to implement the latest guidelines of Supreme Court of India, the Minister said that the every Institute was required to nominate Medical Superintendent as nodal officer to check ragging. He said that old and senior students and their parents have already been notified regarding new directions of Supreme Court regarding ragging. He said that latest guidelines of Supreme Court on ragging have already been included in the prospectus and new students were informed about these guidelines at the time of counseling..
Calling upon the Principals to remain constantly vigilant against this practice and monitor the situation on day to day basis, he said that principal and staff must watch the attitude of new comers and any sign of depression noticed in new student should be probed deeply. He also called upon new students to fearlessly report any incident of ragging coming to their notice to authorities as their identity would be kept secret.
Making an impassioned appeal to the senior students to welcome the new students with love instead of ragging them, he said that junior students expect senior students to depict leadership qualities in such situations.