Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) has asked all the colleges to strictly follow anti-ragging guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The UGC, in its letter to Bamu vice chancellor, states that ragging is a criminal offence and it has framed regulations to curb the menace in educational institutions.
Meanwhile, director of the Board of College and University Dr S P Jhambre has written to all colleges, urging them to take necessary steps for the strict implementation of the UGC regulations.
Dr Jhambre said if any institution fails to take adequate steps to prevent ragging or does not act in accordance with these regulations or fails to punish perpetrators of incidents of ragging suitably, punitive action would be taken against the institution concerned.
Colleges have also been asked to display hoardings and distribute pamphlets highlighting the ill-effects of ragging and asking students to refrain from it.
The UGC has also launched a web portal — www.ranti-ragging.in — for filing affidavits online. Students can also seek details by sending an email at email@example.com. It is also necessary to display prominently, name, e-mail address, mobile number of the nodal officer to whom the complaints of ragging can be made.