Workshop shows students how to tackle ragging

Oct 03, 2013, 01:16 IST | Richa Pinto

The horrifying ragging incident at Rajiv Gandhi Medical College last week prompted officials at DY Patil Polytechnic Institute in Nerul-Navi Mumbai to organise a legal workshop on September 28 to inform its students on the issue

Making students aware of their rights, the two-hour legal workshop on the ragging issue was held on Saturday morning. Attended by lecturers and reputed people from the legal field, the workshop was inaugurated by Bombay High Court judge, Abhay Oak, and was organised mainly for first-year students of DY Patil Polytechnic Institute.

Fresher Focus: Reputed persons from the law fraternity gave speeches at the anti-ragging seminar organised by DY Patil Polytechnic Institute 

 The recent ragging incident stunned the medical fraternity and to avoid such shameful incidents in the future, the students were sensitised to the detrimental aftermath of ragging and how it can be dealt with.

The workshop began with a skit performance by students of Government Law College on the menace of ragging. SG Pathak, principal of the college, said that besides anti-ragging, the team was keen on highlighting other issues such as consumer rights and cyber crime.

After the eventful workshop came to an end, the institute’s seminar hall vibrated with students eager to ask how ragging can be dealt with and what action can be taken against the perpetrators.

The Anti-Ragging Act session by advocate Rupali Shinde was the most looked forward to. Shinde shared her expertise on how a case can be registered and how one should be alert in such situations.

‘Disruptive’ activity
Pathak said, “Ragging is something that disrupts the regular academic activity of the students and despite it attracting punishment, many times, the students do not think of the consequences before indulging in such a kind of behaviour.

Our aim is to make our students aware and also to make them better citizens so that if they ever encounter such kind of behaviour they know how to take charge of the situation in a rightful manner.”

Pathak also touched upon cyber security in his speech. “Also in today’s modern times, cyber crime is a very important issue which the students should be aware of.

How to protect one’s bank account details and security PIN number are things that students know well but easily neglect. Through this workshop we hope that we have helped the students to understand these issues more clearly,” he said.  

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