The Anti-ragging cell is an extremely active unit of MACE. The first year students are given utmost protection from ragging. All locations where first years and senior students are bound to intermingle are closely monitored by the anti-ragging committee members. Staff members are assigned to each section of the college for overall supervision. Students are to strictly follow the KTU regulations regarding anti-ragging. All violations of the rules are firmly dealt with as per the law.
According to the KTU-B.Tech Ordinance dated June 26, 2015, Ragging of any nature is a criminal and non-bailable offence. Involvement in ragging shall lead to stringent punishment, including imprisonment as per the law of the land. A student, whose involvement in ragging is established, shall be summarily dismissed from the college. Each student of the Institute, along with his/her parent, is required to give an undertaking in this regard and the same is to be submitted at the time of registration.
What constitutes Ragging?
As per the UGC Regulations, 2009, ‘Ragging’ constitutes one or more of any of the following acts:
- 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;
- Indulging in rowdy or undisciplined 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;
- 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;
- Any act by a senior student that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of any other student or a fresher;
- Exploiting the services of a fresher or any other student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of students.
- Any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a fresher or any other student by students;
- 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;
- 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;
- Any act that affects the mental health and self-confidence of a 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.
Following types of abuses and activities will also be termed as ragging:
- Physical abuse - for example, forcing to eat, drink or smoke, forcing to dress or undress.
- Verbal abuse - for example, swear words and phrases, direct or indirect derogatory references to the person's appearance, attire, religion, caste, family or chosen field of study.
- Forced activity - for example,
- Chores for seniors e.g. copying notes, cleaning rooms, etc.
- Missing classes. Not being allowed to study.
- Staying awake late or getting up at unreasonable times.
- Singing or dancing or performing in any other way.
- Using foul language or shouting or cheering loudly.
- Misbehaving with strangers, particularly women.
- Reading or browsing porno-graphic/objectionable material.
- Lifestyle restrictions - for example,
- Restricting access to parts of the hostel e.g. common room.
- Requiring certain modes of address i.e. seniors should be called Sir or Ma'am.
- Requiring a particular wake-up time.
- Conversational mind-games - Particular forms of interaction in which a senior or set of seniors manipulates the conversation so as to humiliate the first year student or make him/her feel stupid or insecure or generally threatened.
Observation and Directives of the Supreme Court:
The Supreme Court of India has observed that enrollment in academic pursuits or a campus life should not immunize any adult citizen from the penal provisions of the laws of the land. According to the directions of the Supreme Court if any instance of ragging is brought to the notice of the administration or the faculty, it is legally binding on us to report the matter to the Local Police.
Directives to Seniors:
- Friendly, welcoming and non-aggressive interactions between freshers and seniors are encouraged.
- Seniors may solicit participation in clubs and other activities by announcing promotional events at well designated times and places. However, no fresher should be forced to attend. Participation by freshers can only be voluntary.
- Seniors are expected to maintain self-imposed discipline and restraint. In particular, they must be careful about:
- Any "interaction" outside public areas.
- Visiting freshers' rooms during the interaction period, or inviting freshers to their rooms.
- Forcing freshers to sing, dance or perform in any way under the guise of "talent search" or "interaction".
- Being over-enthusiastic about making freshers participate in student activities - cultural or sports.
- Dr. D P Balachandran, Chairman
- Prof. T Arshad, Convenor
- Mr. Shameer K Mohammed, Member
- Ms. Abhishta K. S, Member
- Ms. Nisha S V D, Member