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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court-appointed RK Raghavan anti-ragging committee on Wednesday severely criticised higher education regulatory bodies
like UGC and Medical Council of India for not taking punitive action against institutes where ragging has been taking place.
At a meeting which was also attended by Rajendra Kachru, father of Aman Kachru who died in Himachal Pradesh recently due to ragging, the committee also discussed a report by Himachal Pradesh government on the incident. But Raghavan was unhappy. He wanted regulatory bodies to take immediate action. "We have not seen regulatory bodies taking punitive action against institutions. We told them that we want to see punitive action against institutions which have not implemented the anti-ragging provisions," Raghavan said.
He said punitive action could include curtailing grants to the institutes and withdrawing their recognition. The Supreme Court has also said that regulatory bodies could withdraw grants to institutes for not taking anti-ragging measures.
Rajendra Kachru suggested that the government start a national call centre for providing assistance to students who face ragging. "The suggestion is feasible. We are considering it and follow up action would be taken. Detailed modalities will be worked out," Raghavan said.
The committee also discussed the possibility of starting a dedicated cadre of wardens from this academic session in higher educational institutions. It asked UGC to provide funds to institutes for the purpose. The Pharmacy Council of India informed it that regulations would be finalised in April to be implemented in institutions offering courses in pharmacy. The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) also said that it would take immediate step to investigate cases of ragging through expert committees.