In recent years, educational campuses in India have seen increase of incidents of discrimination on grounds of particular regional origin, caste origin more particularly against Northeast students. Former HRD minister MM Pallam Raju during his regime had requested UGC to consider including racial discrimination against students, especially from northeast India, as ragging.
Earlier, Supreme Court taking cognizance of menace of ragging has constituted Raghavan Committee to give specific recommendations to effectively prevent ragging in educational institutions.
The Supreme Court appointed committee to curb the menace of ragging is actively considering including cases of racial and ethnic discrimination under definition of expression “ragging”
However, the Committee is seeking legal opinion on this issue before the definition of ragging is expanded / amended to include “act of racial discrimination”.
Ragging generates a sense of shame or torment or embarrassment and adversely affects the physique or psyche of a student. Effective measures were required to curb the menace of ragging to ensure healthy, physical and psychological development of all students.
University Grants Commission acting under its power conferred u/s 26 of the of UGC Act, 1956 and also in view of the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of “University of Kerala v/s. Council, Principals, Colleges and others” in SLP no. 24295 of 2006 dated 16.05.2007 and that dated 8.05.2009 in Civil Appeal number 887 of 2009 with the object to prohibit, prevent and eliminate the scourge of ragging had issued Regulations in the year 2009, namely UGC REGULATIONS ON CURBING THE MENACE OF RAGGING IN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, 2009.