Stop ragging

Guidelines introduced to curb the menace of ragging in the Universities or Higher Education Institutes (HEIs)

Ragging has been in existence in the University system all over the world from time immemorial especially promoting good will and acquaintance amongst students. On the contrary, Sri Lankan Universities quite alarmingly, ragging had caused severe mental and physical torture to the fresher students resulting in permanent physical and/or mental disabilities or else causing the death of few students in the past. In addition it is a well-known phenomenon that in the majority of cases that ragging has been intentionally used to either cause torture to certain selected groups or classes of students or intended to infuse various political ideologies into the minds of the fresher students. Overall, the ill effects, particularly the life threatening incidences has far exceeded the socialization or naturalization claim put forward by the promoters of ragging and high incidences of ragging related complaints made during the period of enrolment of fresher students to the HEIs, a new Act has been introduced in 1998 under the title Prohibition of ragging and other forms of violence in educational institutions act, no 20 of 1998. In terms of the said Act, ragging means “any act which causes or likely to cause physical or psychological injury or mental pain or fear to a student or a member of the staff of an educational institution”.

UGC commission circular No. 919.

Other Resources

1. Prohibition of Ragging and Other Forms of Violence in Educational Institutions Act, No. 20 of 1998_1

2. University Grants Commission's Ragging Complaint Portal (විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ප්‍රතිපාදන කොමිෂන් සභාවේ නවක වදය හා සම්බන්ධ පැමිණිලි ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමේ බිහිදොර)

3. Call Center at the UGC which is operated 24/7

    - 0112 123456

    - 0112 123700

    a) Students can log the complaint through the telephone operator at the Call Center.

    b) Complaints can be logged via IVR (Interactive Voice Recording) which will get recorded as an audio file.

4. Complaints to be sent via email

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