The menace of ragging has become a thing of common parlance in Indian education system. According to a report by Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education (CURE), the highest number of cases of ragging are recorded from Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, while states like Punjab and Madhya Pradesh are not far behind. These states are a hub of engineering and medical colleges which are most notorious for the cases of ragging.
In spite of several legislations in place in the above mentioned states such as The Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1996 (Tamil Nadu), The Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1998 and similar acts in Maharashtra and West Bengal, the problem of ragging refuses to evade the educational landscape of the country. In fact, the Supreme Court has explicitly laid down guidelines in the landmark judgement of Vishwa Jagriti Mission through President vs. Central Government through Cabinet Secretary. These guidelines includes initiation of anti-ragging movements by all colleges and educational institutes.
Keeping up with the spirit of the decision, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) had announced an allocation of Rs 5 crores to the University Grants Commission (UGC) for undertaking campaign against ragging in higher educational institutions across the country.
Out of the allotted amount, UGC has spent Rs 4.78 cr on various activities, including video campaigns on Doordarshan, coverage through FM radio and broadcasting on all India radio by Prasar Bharti among few, the ministry said through a written reply by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar to Lok Sabha.
The ministry also noted, in the same statement, that 390 cases of ragging, including death and maiming of students, were reported in different colleges of the country during the last year, including in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh which have reported higher number of cases.
In this regard, UGC has sent letters dated 28 July 2015 and February 10, 2016, to the chief secretaries and the education secretaries of the state concerned.