Ragging-3While enrolling in an educational institution for academic year 2009-2010, students will now have to sign an undertaking that they will not indulge in any act of ragging. This new rule is included in the draft prepared by a panel of the University Grants Commission (UGC), with a view to root out the ragging menace. The decision of the University Grants Commission, in which during admissions all students would have to sign an affidavit, has come as a relief for parents and students. The decision aims at rooting out the ragging menace. The UGC committee has suggested that candidates must sign an undertaking along with admission forms, stating they are aware of the law prohibiting ragging and the related punishments. The application form will also include an undertaking to be signed by parents, wherein they will agree to abide by the punishment should their ward be found guilty of ragging. Management of D Y Patil Institute voiced that the involvement of parents was needed in this matter despite the students being above 18 years. Another measure to cut raging from its root itself is meetings with students to educate them about the important of ragging and its consequences. Even students agreed that ragging while was fun should not be taken to an extreme level which was a big concern. However, there was a mixed response of when asked if parents too should sign for the student. If an institution fails to curb ragging, UGC may stop aid or impose penalties. It may also consider special grants to institutions that report no ragging. With cameraperson Roshan Hate, Jan Cabral for NMTV News.

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