DCI asks colleges to hold anti-ragging seminars

The Dental Council of India (DCI) has directed dental colleges in the state to mandatorily conduct workshops, seminars or conferences on ragging on college campuses.

According to the DCI circular, principals of dental colleges should conduct such workshops in November before BDS courses begin under the guidance of a DCI member, either from the state or outside. "Principals, heads or management of dental institutions should take measures to prevent ragging of any type in their colleges," Dr Sabyasachi Saha, secretary, DCI, stated in the circular.

Organising such events is mandatory under DCI Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Dental Colleges-2009.

Hostel wardens, students' representatives, parents, guardians, faculty, district administration and police should be part of workshops to prevent ragging and identify offenders for punishment, he added. Saha has directed principals to submit reports containing photographs or CDs of workshops.

Respective colleges should bear expenses of workshops, the circular added.

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