NCHMCT REGULATIONS ON CURBING THE MENACE OF RAGGING IN HOSPITALITY EDUCATION INSTITUTES AFFILIATED TO IT
(Under Clause (a) of Section 30 of the Memorandum of Association and Rules & Regulations of the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology)
In view of the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of “University of Kerala v/s. Council, Principals, Colleges and others” in SLP no. 24295 of 2006 dated 16.05.2007 and that dated 8.05.2009 in Civil Appeal number 887 of 2009, and in consideration of the determination of the Central Government and the University Grants Commission to prohibit, prevent and eliminate the scourge of ragging including any conduct by any student or students whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student, or indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities by any student or students which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in any fresher or any other student or asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame, or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other student, with or without an intent to derive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by a student over any fresher or any other student, in all higher education institutions in the country, and thereby, to provide for the healthy development, physically and psychologically, of all students, the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology, brings forth this Regulation.
In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (a) of Section 30 of the Memorandum of Association and Rules & Regulations of the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology, it’s Board of Governors hereby makes the following Regulations, namely;
1 Title, commencement and applicability.-
1.1 These regulations shall be called the “NCHMCT Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in the Institute under its Umbrella in all over India”.
1.2 They shall come into force from the date of publication.
1.3 They shall apply to all the Institute of Hotel Managements coming within the umbrella of NCHMCT as its affiliates either sponsored by Central/ State Governments or under private management and all the premises, whether being academic, residential, playgrounds, canteen, or other such premises of such Institution (IHM), whether located within the campus or outside, and to all means of transportation of students, whether public or private, accessed by students for the pursuit of studies in such institutions (IHMs).
To prohibit any conduct by any student or students whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student, or indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities by any student or students which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in any fresher or any other student or asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame, or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other student, with or without an intent to derive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by a student over any fresher or any other student; and thereby, to eliminate ragging in all its forms from institutions (IHMs) under the umbrella of NCHMCT as it’s affiliates, in the country by prohibiting it under these Regulations, preventing its occurrence and punishing those who indulge in ragging as provided for in these Regulations and the appropriate law in force.
3 What constitutes Ragging.-
Ragging constitutes one or more of any of the following acts:
(a) any conduct by any student or students whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student;
(b) indulging in rowdy or indiscipline activities by any student or students which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in any fresher or any other student;
(c) asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame, or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other student;
(d) any act by a senior student that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of any other student or a fresher;
(e) exploiting the services of a fresher or any other student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of students.
(f) any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a fresher or any other student by students;
(g) any act of physical abuse including all variants of it: sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person;
(h) any act or abuse by spoken words, emails, post, public insults which would also include deriving perverted pleasure, vicarious or sadistic thrill from actively or passively participating in the discomfiture to fresher or any other student ;
(i) any act that affects the mental health and self-confidence of a fresher or any other student ;
(j) with or without an intent to derive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by a student over any fresher or any other student.
4.1 In these regulations unless the context otherwise requires,-
(a) “Memorandum of Association and Rules & Regulations” means, the Memorandum of Association and Rules & Regulations of the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology registered with Registrar of Societies under society’s registration Act 1860.
(b) “Academic year” means the period from the commencement of admission of students in any course of study in the IHMs and FCIs, under the umbrella of the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology as its affiliates, and up to the completion of academic requirements for that particular year.
(c) “National Anti-Ragging Helpline” means the Helpline established by the University Grants Commission under Anti-Ragging Regulation of the Commission.
National Anti-Ragging Helpline
Toll free Phone No.:1800-180-5522.
(d) “Commission” means the University Grants Commission.
(e) “Council” means the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology, a registered society established by Govt. of India for coordinated growth and development of hospitality management education in the country and to regulate Hospitality Management Education within its affiliated Institutes.
(f) “Institute” means the Institute of Hotel Management which is affiliated with the “Council”, either sponsored by Central Government, State Government, Public Sector Undertaking or any private/ Public trust/ Society.
(g) “District Level Anti-Ragging Committee” means the Committee, headed by the District Magistrate, constituted by the State Government, for the control and elimination of ragging in institutions within the jurisdiction of the district.
(h) “Institute Level Anti-Ragging Committee” means the Committee, headed by the Principal of the IHM affiliated to the “Council”.
(i) “Head of the institution” means the Principal or the Director or such other designation as the executive head of the “Institution” is referred.
(j) “Fresher” means a student who has been admitted to an institution and who is undergoing his/her first year of study in such institution.
(k) “State Level Monitoring Cell” means the body constituted by the State Government for the control and elimination of ragging in institutions within the jurisdiction of the State, established under a State Law or on the advice of the Central Government, as the case may be.
4.2 Words and expressions used and not defined herein but defined in the Resolution or in the General Clauses of the Resolution, shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Resolution or in the General Clauses of the Resolution, as the case may be.
5 Measures for prohibition of ragging at the institution level:-
(a) No institution or any part of it thereof, including its elements, including, but not limited to, the departments, constituent units and all its premises, whether academic, residential, playgrounds, or canteen, whether located within the campus or outside, and in all means of transportation of students, whether public or private, accessed by students for the pursuit of studies in such institutions, shall permit or condone any reported incident of ragging in any form; and all institutions shall take all necessary and required measures, including but not limited to the provisions of these Regulations, to achieve the objective of eliminating ragging, within the institution or outside.
(b) All institutions shall take action in accordance with these Regulations against those found guilty of ragging and/or abetting ragging, actively or passively, or being part of a conspiracy to promote ragging.
6 Measures for prevention of ragging at the institution level.-
6.1 An institution shall take the following steps in regard to admission or registration of students; namely,
(a) Every public declaration of intent by any institution, in any electronic, audio-visual or print or any other media, for admission of students to any course of study shall expressly provide that ragging is totally prohibited in the institution, and anyone found guilty of ragging and/or abetting ragging, whether actively or passively, or being a part of a conspiracy to promote ragging, is liable to be punished in accordance with these Regulations as well as under the provisions of any penal law for the time being in force.
(b) The brochure of admission/instruction booklet or the prospectus, whether in printer electronic format, shall prominently print these Regulations in full.Provided that the institution shall also draw attention to any law concerning ragging and its consequences, as may be applicable to the institution publishing such brochure of admission/instruction booklet or the prospectus. Provided further that the telephone numbers of the Anti-Ragging Helpline and all the important functionaries in the institution, including but not limited to the Head of the institution, faculty members, members of the Anti-Ragging Committees and Anti-Ragging Squads, District and Sub-Divisional authorities,Wardens of hostels, and other functionaries or authorities viz Anti-Ragging Committee of the Council or other relevant information, shall be published in the brochure of admission/instruction booklet or the prospectus.
(c) Council being the affiliating body for the Institutes shall prominently print these Regulations in full in the admission brochure either in print or electronic format which shall also draw attention to any law concerning ragging and its consequences. Provided further that the telephone numbers of the National Anti-Ragging Helpline, Anti-Ragging helpline of the Council and all the important functionaries in the Council shall be published in the brochure of admission/instruction booklet or the prospectus. An institution is affiliated to the Council shall follow the provisions of the regulations to eradicate Ragging from the Institution. The affiliating Council shall ensure that the affiliated institution shall comply with the provisions of clause (a) and clause (b) of Regulation 6.1 of these Regulations.
(d) The application form for admission, enrollment or registration shall contain an affidavit, mandatorily in English and in Hindi and/or in one of the regional languages known to the applicant, as provided in the English language in Annexure I to these Regulations, to be filled up and signed by the applicant to the effect that he/she has read and understood the provisions of these Regulations as well as the provisions of any other law for the time being in force, and is aware of the prohibition of ragging and the punishments prescribed, both under penal laws as well as under these Regulations and also affirm to the effect that he/she has not been expelled and/or debarred by any institution and further aver that he/she would not indulge, actively or passively, in the act or abet the act of ragging and if found guilty of ragging and/or abetting ragging, is liable to be proceeded against under these Regulations or under any penal law or any other law for the time being in force and such action would include but is not limited to debarment or expulsion of such student.
(e) The application form for admission, enrollment or registration shall contain an affidavit, mandatorily in English and in Hindi and/or in one of the regional languages known to the parents/guardians of the applicant, as provided in the English language in Annexure I to these Regulations, to be filled up and signed by the parents/guardians of the applicant to the effect that he/she has read and understood the provisions of these Regulations as well as the provisions of any other law for the time being in force, and is aware of the prohibition of ragging and the punishments prescribed, both under penal laws as well as under these Regulations and also affirm to the effect that his/her ward has not been expelled and/or debarred by any institution and further aver that his/her ward would not indulge, actively or passively, in the act or abet the act of ragging and if found guilty of ragging and/or abetting ragging, his/her ward is liable to be proceeded against under these Regulations or under any penal law or any other law for the time being in force and such action would include but is not limited to debarment or expulsion of his/her ward.
(f) The application for admission shall be accompanied by a document in the form of, or annexed to, the School Leaving Certificate/Transfer Certificate/Migration Certificate/Character Certificate reporting on the inter-personal/social behavioural pattern of the applicant, to be issued by the school or institution last attended by the applicant, so that the institution can thereafter keep watch on the applicant, if admitted/ physically reported, whose behaviour has been commented in such document.
(g) A student seeking admission to a hostel forming part of the institution, or seeking to reside in any temporary premises not forming part of the institution, including a private commercially managed lodge or hostel, shall have to submit additional affidavits countersigned by his/her parents/guardians in the form prescribed in Annexure I and Annexure II to these Regulations respectively while accepting the seat in such accommodation.
(h) Before the commencement of the academic session in any institution, the Head of the Institution shall convene and address a meeting of various functionaries/agencies, such as Hostel Wardens, representatives of students, parents/ guardians, faculty, district administration including the police, to discuss the measures to be taken to prevent ragging in the institution and steps to be taken to identify those indulging in or abetting ragging and punish them.
(i) The Council and Institutions shall, to make the community at large and the students in particular aware of the dehumanizing effect of ragging, and the approach of the institution towards those indulging in ragging, prominently display posters depicting the provisions of penal law applicable to incidents of ragging, and the provisions of these Regulations and also any other law for the time being in force, and the punishments thereof, shall be prominently displayed on Notice Boards of all departments, hostels and other buildings as well as at places,where students normally gather and at places, known to be vulnerable too ccurrences of ragging incidents.
(j) The Council and Institutions shall request the media to give adequate publicity to the law prohibiting ragging and the negative aspects of ragging and the institution’s resolve to ban ragging and punish those found guilty without fear or favour.
(k) The Council and Institutions shall identify, properly illuminate and keep a close watch on alllocations known to be vulnerable to occurrences of ragging incidents.
(l) The Council and Institutions shall tighten security in its premises, especially at vulnerable places and intense policing by Anti-Ragging Squad, referred to in these Regulations and volunteers, if any, shall be resorted to at such points at odd hours during the first few months of the academic session.
(m) The Council and Institutions shall utilize the vacation period before the start of the new academic year to launch a publicity campaign against ragging through posters,leaflets and such other means, as may be desirable or required, to promote the objectives of these Regulations.
(n) The faculties/departments/units of the Council or Institution shall have induction arrangements, including those which anticipate, identify and plan to meet any special needs of any specific section of students, in place well in advance of the beginning of the academic year with an aim to promote the objectives of this Regulation.
(o) The Council and every Institution shall engage or seek the assistance of professional counsellors before the commencement of the academic session, to be available when required by the institution, for the purposes of offering counselling to fresher and to other students after the commencement of the academic year.
(p) The head of the institution shall provide information to the local police and local authorities, the details of every privately commercially managed hostels or lodges used for residential purposes by students enrolled in the institution and the head of the institution shall also ensure that the Anti-Ragging Squad shall ensure vigil in such locations to prevent the occurrence of ragging therein.
6.2 The Council or Institution shall, on admission or enrollment or registration of students, take the following steps, namely;
(a) Every fresh student admitted to the Council or Institution shall be given a printed leaflet detailing to whom he/she has to turn to for help and guidance for various purposes including addresses and telephone numbers, so as to enable the student to contact the concerned person at any time, if and when required, of the Anti-Ragging Helpline referred to in these Regulations, Wardens, Head of the institution, all members of the anti-ragging squads and committees, relevant district and police authorities.
(b) The Institution, through the leaflet specified in clause (a) of Regulation 6.2 of these Regulations shall explain to the fresher, the arrangements made for their induction and orientation which promote efficient and effective means of integrating them fully as students with those already admitted to the Institution in earlier years.
(c) The leaflet specified in clause (a) of Regulation 6.2 of these Regulations shall inform the fresher about their rights as bona fide students of the institution and clearly instructing them that they should desist from doing anything, with or against their will, even if ordered to by the seniors students, and that any attempt of ragging shall be promptly reported to the Anti-ragging Squad or to the Warden or to the Head of the institution, as the case may be.
(d) The leaflet specified in clause (a) of Regulation 6.2 of these Regulations shall contain a calendar of events and activities laid down by the institution to facilitate and complement familiarization of fresher with the academic environment of the institution.
(e) The Institution shall, on the arrival of senior students after the first week or after the second week, as the case may be, schedule orientation programmes as follows, namely;
(i) joint sensitization programme and counselling of both fresher and senior students by a professional counsellor, referred to in clause (o) of Regulation 6.1 of these Regulations;
(ii) joint orientation programme of fresher and seniors to be addressed by the Head of the institution and the anti -ragging committee;
(iii) organization on a large scale of cultural, sports and other activities to provide a platform for the fresher and seniors to interact in the presence of faculty members ;
(iv) in the hostel, the warden should address all students; and may request two junior colleagues from the college faculty to assist the warden by becoming resident tutors for a temporary duration.
(v) as far as possible faculty members should dine with the hostel residents in their respective hostels to in stil a feeling of confidence among the fresher.
(f) The Institution shall set up appropriate committees, including the course-in-charge, student advisor, Wardens and some senior students as its members, to actively monitor, promote and regulate healthy interaction between the fresher, junior students and senior students.
(g) Fresher or any other student(s), whether being victims, or witnesses, in any incident of ragging, shall be encouraged to report such occurrence, and the identification of such informants shall be protected and shall not be subject to any adverse consequence only for the reason for having reported such incidents.
(h) Each batch of fresher, on arrival at the institution, shall be divided into small groups and each such group shall be assigned to a member of the faculty, who shall interact individually with each member of the group every day for ascertaining the problems or difficulties, if any, faced by the fresher in the institution and shall extend necessary help to the fresher in overcoming the same.
(i) It shall be the responsibility of the member of the faculty assigned to the group of fresher, to coordinate with the Wardens of the hostels and to make surprise visits to the rooms in such hostels, where a member or members of the group are lodged; and such member of faculty shall maintain a diary of his/her interaction with the fresher under his/her charge.
(j) Fresher shall be lodged, as far as may be, in a separate hostel block or at least in separate wing or floor, and where such facilities are not available, the institution shall ensure that access of seniors to accommodation allotted to fresher is strictly monitored by wardens, security guards and other staff of the institution.
(k) A round the clock vigil against ragging in the hostel premises, in order to prevent ragging in the hostels after the classes are over, shall be ensured by the institution.
(l) It shall be the responsibility of the parents/guardians of fresher to promptly bring any instance of ragging to the notice of the Head of the Institution.
(m) Every student studying in the institution and his/her parents/guardians shall provide the specific affidavits required under clauses (d), (e) and (g) of Regulation 6.1 of these Regulations at the time of admission or registration, as the case may be, during each academic year.
(n) Every institution shall obtain the affidavit from every student as referred to above in clause (m) of Regulation 6.2 and maintain a proper record of the same and to ensure its safe upkeep thereof, including maintaining the copies of the affidavit in an electronic form, to be accessed easily when required either by the Council or by the any other authority or person or organisation authorised to do so.
(o) Every student at the time of his/her registration shall inform the institution about his/her place of residence while pursuing the course of study, and in case the student has not decided his/her place of residence or intends to change the same, the details of his place of residence shall be provided immediately on deciding the same; and specifically in regard to a private commercially managed lodge or hostel where he/she has taken up residence.
(p) The Head of the institution shall, on the basis of the information provided by the student under clause (o) of Regulation 6.2, apportion sectors to be assigned to members of the faculty, so that such member of faculty can maintain vigil and report any incident of ragging outside the campus or en-route while commuting to the institution using any means of transportation of students, whether public or private.
(q) The Head of the institution shall, at the end of each academic year, send a letter to the parents/guardians of the students who are completing their first year in the institution, informing them about these Regulations and any law for the time being in force prohibiting ragging and the punishments thereof as well as punishments prescribed under the penal laws, and appealing to them to impress up on their wards to desist from indulging in ragging on their return to the institution at the beginning of the academic session next.
6.3 Every institution shall constitute the following bodies; namely,
(a) Every institution shall constitute a Committee to be known as the Anti-Ragging Committee to be nominated and headed by the Head of the institution, and consisting of representatives of civil and police administration, local media, Non-Government Organizations involved in youth activities, representatives of faculty members, representatives of parents, representatives of students belonging to the fresher’s category as well as senior students, non-teaching staff; and shall have a diverse mix of membership in terms of levels as well as gender.
(b) It shall be the duty of the Anti-Ragging Committee to ensure compliance with the provisions of these Regulations as well as the provisions of any law for the time being in force concerning ragging; and also to monitor and oversee the performance of the Anti-Ragging Squad in prevention of ragging in the institution.
(c) Every institution shall also constitute a smaller body to be known as the Anti-Ragging Squad to be nominated by the Head of the Institution with such representation as may be considered necessary for maintaining vigil, oversight and patrolling functions and shall remain mobile, alert and active at all times. Provided that the Anti-Ragging Squad shall have representation of various members of the campus community and shall have no outside representation.
(d) It shall be the duty of the Anti-Ragging Squad to be called upon to make surprise raids on hostels, and other places vulnerable to incidents of, and having the potential of, ragging and shall be empowered to inspect such places.
(e) It shall also be the duty of the Anti-Ragging Squad to conduct an on-the-spot enquiry into any incident of ragging referred to it by the Head of the institution or any member of the faculty or any member of the staff or any student or any parent or guardian or any employee of a service provider or by any other person, as the case may be; and the enquiry report along with recommendations shall be submitted to the Anti-Ragging Committee for action under clause (a) of Regulation 9.1. Provided that the Anti-Ragging Squad shall conduct such enquiry observing a fair and transparent procedure and the principles of natural justice and after giving adequate opportunity to the student or students accused of ragging and other witnesses to place before it the facts, documents and views concerning the incident of ragging, and considering such other relevant information as may be required.
(f) Every institution shall, at the end of each academic year, in order to promote the objectives of these Regulations, constitute a Mentoring Cell consisting of students volunteering to be Mentors for fresher, in the succeeding academic year; and there shall be as many levels or tiers of Mentors as the number of batches in the institution, at the rate of one Mentor for six fresher and one Mentor of a higher level for six Mentors of the lower level.
(g) The Council shall constitute a body to be known as Monitoring Cell on Ragging, which shall coordinate with the affiliated Institutions under the domain of the Council to achieve the objectives of these Regulations; and the Monitoring Cell shall call for reports from the Heads of institutions in regard to the activities of the Anti-Ragging Committees, Anti - Ragging Squads, and the Mentoring Cells at the institutions, and it shall also keep itself abreast of the decisions of the District level Anti-Ragging Committee headed by the District Magistrate.
(h) The Monitoring Cell shall also review the efforts made by institutions to publicize anti-ragging measures, soliciting of affidavits from parents/guardians and from students, each academic year, to abstain from ragging activities or willingness to be penalized for violations; and shall function as the prime mover for initiating action on the part of the appropriate authorities of the university for amending the Statutes or Ordinances or Bye-laws to facilitate the implementation of anti-ragging measures at the level of the institution.
6.4 Every institution shall take the following other measures, namely;
(a) Each hostel or a place where groups of students reside, forming part of the institution, shall have a full-time Warden, to be appointed by the institution as per the eligibility criteria laid down for the post reflecting both the command and control aspects of maintaining discipline and preventing incidents of ragging within the hostel, as well as the softer skills of counselling and communicating with the youth outside the class-room situation; and who shall reside within the hostel, or at the very least, in the close vicinity thereof.
(b) The Warden shall be accessible at all hours and be available on telephone and other modes of communication, and for the purpose the Warden shall be provided with a mobile phone by the institution, the number of which shall be publicised among all students residing in the hostel.
(c) The institution shall review and suitably enhance the powers of Wardens; and the security personnel posted in hostels shall be under the direct control of the Warden and their performance shall be assessed by them.
(d) The professional counsellors referred to under clause (o) of Regulation 6.1 of these Regulations shall, at the time of admission, counsel fresher and/or any other student(s) desiring counselling, in order to prepare them for the life ahead, particularly in regard to the life in hostels and to the extent possible, also involve parents and teachers in the counselling sessions.
(e) The institution shall undertake measures for extensive publicity against ragging by means of audio-visual aids, counselling sessions, workshops, painting and design competitions among students and such other measures, as it may deem fit.
(f) In order to enable a student or any person to communicate with the Anti- Ragging Helpline, every institution shall permit unrestricted access to mobile phones and public phones in hostels and campuses, other than in class-rooms, seminar halls, library, and in such other places that the institution may deem it necessary to restrict the use of phones.
(g) The faculty of the institution and its non-teaching staff, which includes but is not limited to the administrative staff, contract employees, security guards and employees of service providers providing services within the institution, shall be sensitized towards the ills of ragging, its prevention and the consequences thereof.
(h) The institution shall obtain an undertaking from every employee of the institution including all teaching and non-teaching members of staff, contract labour employed in the premises either for running canteen or as watch and ward staff or for cleaning or maintenance of the buildings/lawns and employees of service providers providing services within the institution, that he/she would report promptly any case of ragging which comes to his/her notice.
(i) The institution shall make a provision in the service rules of its employees for issuing certificates of appreciation to such members of the staff who report incidents of ragging, which will form part of their service record.
(j) The institution shall give necessary instructions to the employees of the canteens and messing, whether that of the institution or that of a service provider providing this service, or their employers, as the case may be, to keep a strict vigil in the area of their work and to report the incidents of ragging to the Head of the institution or members of the Anti-Ragging Squad or members of the Anti-Ragging Committee or the Wardens, as may be required.
(k) The Council shall be required to ensure that institutions imparting instruction in each courses or conducting training programme for teachers include inputs relating to anti-ragging and the appreciation of the relevant human rights, as well as inputs on topics regarding sensitization against corporal punishments and checking of bullying amongst students, so that every teacher is equipped to handle at least the rudiments of the counselling approach.
(l) Discreet random surveys shall be conducted amongst the fresher’s every fortnight during the first three months of the academic year to verify and crosscheck whether the institution is indeed free of ragging or not and for the purpose the institution may design its own methodology of conducting such surveys.
(m) The institution shall cause to have an entry, apart from those relating to general conduct and behaviour, made in the Migration/Transfer Certificate issued to the student while leaving the institution, as to whether the student has been punished for committing or abetting an act of ragging, as also whether the student has displayed persistent violent or aggressive behaviour or any inclination to harm others, during his course of study in the institution.
(n) Notwithstanding anything contained in these Regulations with regard to obligations and responsibilities pertaining to the authorities or members of bodies prescribed above, it shall be the general collective responsibility of all levels and sections of authorities or functionaries including members of the faculty and employees of the Council and Institution, whether regular or temporary, and employees of service providers providing service within the Council or Institution, to prevent or to act promptly against the occurrence of ragging or any incident of ragging which comes to their notice.
(o) The Heads of Council and Institutions affiliated to the Council, shall, during the first three months of an academic year, submit a weekly report on the status of compliance with Anti-Ragging measures under these Regulations, and a monthly report on such status thereafter, to the CEO of the Council to which the institution is affiliated.
(p) The CEO shall submit fortnightly compiled reports of the Council to the National Monitoring Cell.
7 Action 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, 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 authorised by him in this behalf, proceed to file a First Information Report (FIR), within twenty four 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;
i. Abetment to ragging;
ii. Criminal conspiracy to rag;
iii. Unlawful assembly and rioting while ragging;
iv. Public nuisance created during ragging;
v. Violation of decency and morals through ragging;
vi. Injury to body, causing hurt or grievous hurt;
vii. Wrongful restraint;
viii. Wrongful confinement;
ix. Use of criminal force;
x. Assault as well as sexual offences or unnatural offences;
xii. Criminal trespass;
xiii. Offences against property;
xiv. Criminal intimidation;
xv. Attempts to commit any or all of the above mentioned offences againstthe victim(s);
xvi. Threat to commit any or all of the above mentioned offences against thevictim(s);
xvii. Physical or psychological humiliation;
xviii.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 Council. 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/Council and such remedial action shall be initiated and completed immediately and in no case later than a period of seven days ofthe reported occurrence of the incident of ragging.
8 Duties and Responsibilities of the Councils.-
8.1 The Council shall, with regard to providing facilitating communication of information regarding incidents of ragging in any institution, take the following steps, namely;
(a) The Council shall establish an Anti-Ragging Helpline number, operational in all the working days during office hours, which could be accessed by students in distress owing to ragging related incidents. The Council also display the National Anti-Ragging helpline number created by the UGC, which is toll free and functional 24 X 7.
(b) Any distress message received at the Anti-Ragging Helpline shall be simultaneously relayed to Head of the Institution, if the incident reported has taken place in an institution, who in turn submit a report of Institute level Anti-Ragging committee and also inform the action taken by the Institute, which includes informing to the concerned District authorities and if so required, the District Magistrate, and the Superintendent of Police, and shall also be web enabled so as to be in the public domain simultaneously for the media and citizens to access it.
(c) The Head of the institution shall be obliged to act immediately in response to the information received from the Anti-Ragging Helpline as at sub-clause (b) of this clause.
(d) The telephone numbers of the National Anti-Ragging Helpline, Anti-Ragging Helpline of the Council and all the important functionaries in every institution, Heads of institutions, faculty members, members of the anti-ragging committees and anti-ragging squads will be made web enabled so as to be in the public domain and shall be widely disseminated for access or to seek help in emergencies.
8.2 The Council shall take the following regulatory steps, namely;
(a) The Council shall make it mandatory for the institutions to incorporate in their prospectus, the directions of the Central Government with regard to prohibition and consequences of ragging, and that non-compliance with these Regulations and directions so provided, shall be considered as lowering of academic standards by the institution, therefore making it liable for appropriate action. The Council also shall follow the same for the prospectus of B.Sc. and M.Sc. programme.
(b) The Council shall verify that the institutions strictly comply with the requirement of getting the affidavits from the students and their parents/guardians as envisaged under these Regulations.
(c) The Council shall include a specific condition in the merit-cum-means scholarship scheme while granting to any institution or any special schemes of the Council that the institution has complied with the anti-ragging measures.
(d) Any incident of ragging in an institution shall adversely affect its ranking or grading while assessing the institution for the same.
(e) The Council shall institute an Anti-Ragging Cell within the Council as an institutional mechanism to provide necessary support for collection of information and monitoring, and to coordinate with the Institute level Committees for effective implementation of anti-ragging measures, and the Cell shall also coordinate with the Non-Governmental agency responsible for monitoring the database maintained by the University Grant