We got this report from Gaurav. Posting the same as it is
On behalf of Society Against Violence in Education (SAVE, no2ragging.org), I, Gaurav Singhal, visited MANIT on Apri l5th, 2010. Here is my report, from my internal email to the NGO. I am not attaching the pics mentioned in the report below.
I visited MANIT Bhopal on this Monday and first headed towards the freshers hostel. There I first met with three SPA second year students (Two of them in the pics) and they informed that ragging this year was nothing compared to the last year, and all that has become possible due to appointment of new director and the dean of student welfare. I then talked to the security person and he told that since the college administration made a flying squad of 5 security people for night raids, gave them 3 bikes and a mobile phone and gave this number to every fresher, incidents of ragging esp in night at hostels became negligible. The college also had two segregated fresher hostels with only one point of entry where this guard in the picture was sitting, and during first 3-4 months no senior was allowed inside the fresher hostels. He said that since the time the new private security has been hired, it has been very strict with rules and regulations.
Then I caught up 12 fresher guys (6 groups, each with two guys) in different parts of the campus and all of them said the ragging was very very mild this year. they all praised the efforts made by the new admin. I even forced them to say something- i mean something might have happened to them... but they ALL said it , was very mild and few of the cases that were reported to the flying squad, the seniors were caught red handed and strictly punished, so after those cases ragging almost stopped.
ALL the students of the college also submitted the affidavits as stipulated by UGC this year.
Also recently there was a call to submit 4000/- by the freshers, but the freshers informed that all the wardens asked freshers not to do so, so only 10-20% freshers have paid it, rest have refused and the seniors could do nothing.
After that I met with dean of student welfare Dr. V. K. Khare (pic attached) and congratulated him on the steps taken. I tried to acknowledge the good work done and motivate them even further. He asked me and SAVE to come with even better suggestions and said that he will try to implement them also.
He also said that it was not him but a whole team of people who were responsible for the improved situation. he refused to take the credit for himself only.