The root cause of all the problems that exist in today’s campuses is the lack of a comprehensive policy that respects and protects the rights of students. All pillars of democracy – the legislative, executive, judiciary, and if we count them as the fourth one, the media – have to take equal blame in it. While we have a strong law against ragging in campuses, the legislature has failed to take note of this institutional torture that has been taking place in our colleges. Arbitrary award of internal assessment marks, threats of failing in exams, mental and physical torture, unreasonable restrictions on personal liberty etc are being done by people who occupy dominant positions in a student’s life. The absence of a strong law to prohibit these activities has given leverage to the continuing illegal activities by the managements and administration of colleges.
To change this state of affairs, very active involvement is required through multiple channels and for this, we need data. We have to enquire the current status regarding the implementation of various UGC, AICTE norms and need to understand other problems plaguing the system.
The LCSR has been formed with the intention of actively involving in policy making process through dedicated research and litigation.
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