Provide Environment For Critical Thinking, Respect For Differences: Psychological Study On Ragging

The Higher Education Institutions must provide an environment where students learn the values of democratic, mutually respectful relations, non-violent conflict resolution, autonomous and critical thinking, compassion and caring,respect for differences, fairness and so on recommended by a four member committee constituted by Supreme Court Of India to tackle the ragging related issues.The committee consisted of mental health and public health professionals and they looked under the circumstances the ragging was taken by the seniors and the psychological impact of ragging on the students.
The Committee was asked to the members of the committee to assess the impact of ragging on the student and what sorts of change in the mentality does the student have after being ragged.The committee was also asked to quantify the indiscipline on the standard of education and relate it to the existing procedure used by MCI, UGC and other regulatory bodies for suitability of an institution for recognition and to recommend urgent mental health measures to be implemented in it.
“The four membered committee has submitted it’s report to the UGC under the title “Psychological Study Of Ragging in Selected Institutions in India”.
The committee has asked the institutions to organise a welcome and orientation programmes at the beginning of academic session and have a clear message to the students about the acceptable and unacceptable behaviours.
This must include zero tolerance to ragging, sexual harassment and discrimination based on caste, religion, ethnicity etc.,” said a notice published by UGC.
The committee also suggested that not only through CCTV but their should be a proper surveillance methods consisting of humans such as Wardens, Mentors must be intialisedĀ  and they must be in regular touch with the students and promote them to various extra co-curricular activities.
Psychological Support and counselling should be offered to victims as well as perpetrators so that the potential for cyclical abuse is neutralized,” the committee recommended.
The engagement of counsellor’sĀ  with the students could also be in the form of training modules on power and inequalities, discrimination, exclusion, harassment an violence using creative methods like cinema, visuals,arts, drama, etc.
“The institutions must appreciate the huge diversities in the institution in terms of ethnicity, language, religion, sexuality etc. and effectively address the diversity related concerns by assessing and monitoring the social climate of institutions through regular surveys of students and staff,” it said.

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