Indore: In order to prevent ragging in its boarding facilities, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) has allocated separate hostels to senior students and freshers. “That’s a new way to check ragging,” said chief warden Ajay Tiwari. The university has eight hostels including five girls’ hostels and three boys’ hostels. (This excludes hostels of Institute of Engineering and Technology).

“As for girls, one is allocated to freshers and four to senior students. Similarly, one hostel from boys hostels has been allocated to freshers and two others to senior students,” said Tiwari. Ragging cases are growing in institution of higher learning. Madhya Pradesh stands second in the country in ragging cases. Last year, MP witnessed 100 cases of ragging.

Citing growing cases of ragging, Chancellor of state universities Anandiben Patel recently directed universities to take strict measures to contain ragging. “We have directed all colleges to constitute anti-ragging committees and paste posters warning students of strict action,” said registrar Ajay Verma.

He also said that they have constituted proctorial boards, one for UTD campus and another for colleges. “The boards will look into ragging cases,” he added. The university has constituted a flying squad for hostels. The squad members will pay surprise visits to hostels to check ragging.

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