Zero tolerance

After some unfortunate and unhealthy incidents, the State government started cracking the whip against ragging more than a decade ago. But still, the evil practice is said to be prevailing in some higher educational institutions in the State, despite strict monitoring and stern action. Perhaps taking note of this, during the ninth State-level monitoring committee meet to eradicate ragging in educational institutions, Tamilnadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has advised further strengthening of the mechanism.

It was emphasised at the meeting that all colleges will have an anti-ragging committee and was ensured that the present monitoring mechanism will further be strengthened. At the meeting, it was decided that there would be zero tolerance and severe punishment will be imposed on the students indulging in ragging. The members of the committee, which includes top officials, vowed to work with an aim to build positive attitude among students.

As decided at the meeting, expeditious steps should be taken to eradicate the menace of ragging throughout Tamilnadu by forming monitoring cells in all educational institutions at district levels to make it a ragging-free State. Only then, Tamilnadu can retain its position of higher education hub and continue to attract students from across the country and beyond borders to pursue their studies. What started as an exercise to break the ice between freshers and seniors has grown into a poisonous tree and it is high time it was axed.


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