Adopt Raghavan Committee's recommendations to check ragging: SC

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New Delhi, Dec 10 (UNI) The Supreme Court today said earlier directions issued by it to check the menace of ragging did not have the desired effects and held that all universities, colleges and polytechnics run by the Centre and the states shall adopt recommendations of the Raghavan Committee.

A bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and Aftab Alam directed all medical, dental, nursing colleges and polytechnics in the country to insert a clause in their prospectus that if the students found indulging in ragging after having been given an opportunity to explain their stand, shall be expelled.

The court said the Raghavan Committee would examine the list of over 100 cases of torture in the name of ragging in which physically handicapped students were subjected to torture and freshers were being forced to take intoxicating drugs. It directed the committee to suggest further measures to check the menace as notwithstanding the concerns shown by the court, a large number of instances had taken place.

The apex court said the Raghavan Committee in consultation with universities should prepare fresh norms to be adopted by the educational institutions.

The Dental Council of India, Medical Council of India, Nursing Council of India and Agriculture Polytechnics under the Union Ministry of Agriculture as well as state governments should adopt and implement the recommendations of the committee.

The court also directed amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium to file fresh status report and adjourned the hearing till third week of March next year.


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