Bhubaneswar: The first State-level Anti-Ragging Committee Meeting headed by the Governor Mr. M. C. Bhandare was held in Abhisekh Hall at Raj Bhawan on Friday. As said by the Governor, Odisha soon will become a ragging free State and will project itself as a model in anti-ragging for the rest of the country.

Mr. Bhandare in his discussion said that only two cases of ragging in the State has been reported during the last three years. This suggests that Odisha definitely is in a better position in comparison to other states. In order to create a ragging free State it is the Deans, the Vice Chancellors, the Registrars and the Students who have a prominent role to play.

As said by the Governor, “Our State has a unique culture of peace and tolerance; hence there is no place for an activity like ragging. We all need to avoid this, follow the rules strictly and make every one aware against ragging. There should be clear cut differentiation between ragging and quarrels among students and accordingly necessary steps should be taken”.

Industries Minister Raghunath Mohanty said that his department has issued circulars to universities and colleges to take strict measures against any one involved in ragging. Adding more he suggested, creating anti-ragging committee at every level will help spread awareness against ragging.

Agriculture Minister Mr. Pradip Maharathi said many a times ex students and outsiders are seen ragging students. This should be strictly curbed as there is no place for violence in the college campus.

Among others, Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik, Chancellor’s Secretary Mr. Parag Gupta, Principal Secretary of Culture Ashok Tripathy, Higher Education Secretary Mr. CS Kumar, Health Secretary Anu Garg, all Vice-Chancellors and other senior officials participated in the discussion.