Anti-Ragging affidavit becoming mandatory at institutions

Following the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) directives, a majority of colleges here are using the ‘anti-ragging’ affidavit as a tool to curb the practice on campuses. Several engineering, medical and management institutes have made affidavit mandatory for all students. A majority of colleges is also involving parents so that they do not complain if their ward is punished for ragging .

The UGC circular issued in March mentions that every student must submit an affidavit stating that he/she would not indulge in any ragging. This affidavit needs to be submitted by all students seeking admission in any educational institution. However, confusion prevails about the manner in which this affidavit is to be submitted.

Though there is no specific mention in UGC guidelines, many colleges are asking students to submit an affidavit on a Rs 100 stamp paper. Students are complaining that there being no fixed charge for the notary fee, the process is getting expensive for them. In 2010, similar decisions by Fergusson College to have students submit an anti-ragging affidavit on Rs 100-stamp paper had drawn flak from various quarters. The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had strongly protested against the decision.

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