Sukhbir Siwach, TNN Jun 2, 2012,
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CHANDIGARH: Cases of ragging in any university, college or school may now land vice-chancellors and principals behind bars for six months, according to an ordinance introduced by the Haryana government.

According to the ordinance, the vice-chancellor of a university or principal of a college or school may also be fined Rs 25,000. The state Cabinet on Friday approved the ordinance.

The government will have to take the consent of the Assembly within six months for the ordinance to be made into a law.

Universities will be levied a fine of Rs 5 lakh if it did not comply with government orders on prevention of ragging. Schools and colleges will be fined Rs 2 lakh.

The ordinance makes it clear that the vice-chancellor or principal will be responsible for stopping and preventing ragging.

“The head (of the institution) will take all necessary preventive measures to prohibit ragging in educational institution and will ensure that no person practice ragging in any form within or outside the premises of an educational institution and adopt required measures to achieve the object,” says the ordinance.

Besides this, the government has also drafted a series of many Dos and Don’ts for the heads of institutions.

Technical and professional institutions will be covered under the newly introduced “The Haryana Prohibition of Ragging in Educational Institution Ordinance, 2012.”

The government said that the ordinance has been approved to make the schools, colleges, universities and the professional institutions free from social injustice, mental, physical and other kinds of harassment in the form of ragging.

“In a large number of cases, the heads of institutions remain mute spectators to cases of ragging,” said president of Haryana Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organization Pradeep Chauhan.