UGC to frame guidelines for safety of students

UGC to frame guidelines for safety of students
CHENNAI: After recent incidents like the Beas river tragedy in Himachal Pradesh and the hacking of a female student in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, the University Grants Commission has asked all higher educational institutions to review safety measures on and off campus.
In an open letter to members of the public and heads of universities and colleges, UGC secretary Jaspal Sandhu asked them to send in suggestions to help the commission frame guidelines to ensure the safety of students.
The letter said, “The safety of students in and outside the campuses of higher educational institutions is a matter of paramount importance. Some incidents in the recent past have necessitated a review of the measures already in place in higher educational institutions for the safety of students.”
The suggestions are expected to help an expert committee set up for the purpose by the commission to frame comprehensive guidelines for all institutions.The public and stakeholders, including parents, students and teachers, have been requested to give their suggestions on measures that need to be taken to ensure the safety of students on campus, in hostels, while commuting to and from campus as well as when they go on study tours, field visits, industrial visits or engage in adventure sports or other activities, with special focus on women students and students with special needs.

The recommendations will also include responsibilities that the various stakeholders, including students themselves, are willing to shoulder to ensure their well-being.
Source | Hindustan Times | 18 August 2014
Note | UGC Notice & Format for submission of suggestions is attached herewith

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