Calcutta University To Recruit Hostel Supers To Deter Ragging

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Kolkata: After several incidents of ragging, Calcutta University (CU) has decided to recruit permanent hostel superintendents at all its hostels, to curb incidents of ragging.

The decision was taken at the syndicate meeting, the highest decision-making body of the varsity on Monday. The varsity has also decided to demarcate one of its 16 hostels only for first year male students, as they have been found to be the most vulnerable to ragging as per records of the varsity.

The full-time, residential superintendents must be between the ages of 45 and 55 and have either a UG or a PG degree. Their salary has been fixed at Rs 10,000. Calcutta University has decided to allocate a separate hostel to boys in the first year of post-graduation from the current academic session.

The New Law Hostel has been chosen to start the initiative, which, authorities felt, will reduce complaints of ragging and harassment that have hurt the university’s reputation in the past few years. If the initiative is successful, it will be implemented for the girls as well.

The highest administrative decision-making body of the varsity has also resolved on Monday to appoint full time staff to the posts of superintendents in all the 16 hostels.

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