In an attempt to curb the menace of ragging, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to organise a film-making competition to promote a debate on the issue and engage students.
On Friday, the UGC issued letters to vice-chancellors of all universities and higher education institutions about the launch of a National University Film Making Competition to spread the awareness of ragging amongst students.
An expert committee will be constituted to select the three best films from the entries submitted by universities and awards of Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh, and Rs 2 lakh, respectively, would be given to the best films.
“The university can promote its students and faculty to develop films on ragging. The entries could be from the university departments and affiliated colleges. The universities, through an internal selection procedure, will select the best entries to be sent to UGC. The films may be documentary/fiction films of about 5-10 minutes,” says the letter by Dr Pankaj Mittal, additional secretary, UGC.
According to the rules, the selected films will be the property of UGC and be uploaded on its website. Credits will be given to the filmmaker.
The UGC has asked institutions to give publicity to this initiative and send the three best film entries from their university and institutes by 30 November.
The Commission has framed regulations on curbing ragging in higher educational institutions. These regulations are mandatory and all institutions are required to take necessary steps for its implementation in toto, including the monitoring mechanism as per provisions in the regulations and ensure its strict compliance.