Stringent strategies to combat campus ragging | Daily News


Stringent strategies to combat campus ragging

The Government has formulated a stringent seven pronged strategy to combat university ragging which has been a social menace for the last few decades.

The new strategies have been devised by the Education Ministry and the University Grants Commission with the involvement of three former University Vice Chancellors due to their vast hands -on experience in university education and administration.

They are Education Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris , himself a former Vice Chancellor of the Colombo University and former Professor of Law, Education Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera, (immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of the Moratuwa and Professor of Mechanical Engineering ) and Prof. Sampath Amaratunga (immediate past Vice Chancellor of the Sri Jayawardenapura University and Chairman of the University Grants Commission).

UGC Chairman Prof. Sampath Amaratunga told the Daily News yesterday that the seven pronged strategy aimed at bringing university ranging to a total halt comprises discussions with the National Police Commission and getting them to implement the Anti- Ragging Laws to the fullest.

This has not been done up to now. What has been happening now, Prof. Amaratunga said,was that the ragging victims have been complaining to the nearest Police Station and the Police, without implementing the Anti-Ragging Laws to the fullest,have been directing the victims to Mediation Boards.

All Vice-Chancellors have been directed to send the complaints about ragging incidents within a fortnight to the University Grants Commission.Discussions have been held with the Attorney General to find methods to combat this menace.

Vice-Chancellors have been directed to have courses for fresh students, warning them about the dangers of being subject to torture and creating a complaint mechanism.The security staff will be directed to maintain stringent discipline and assistance have been sought from the State Intelligence Service to help identify those who disturb the lives of freshers.

There will be also a complaint mechanism which will be created for students who have also graduated to tell the authorities of what kind of torture took place during their student days.

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