Appeal against Ragging Complaints

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

Sometimes, it is possible that in the case of a ragging complaint, a student feels aggrieved or upset by the decision given by the Anti-Ragging Committee. In such a case, you can appeal against the decision given. For example, Ram punched Shyam because Shyam, being a junior, did not agree to perform a dance.  Shyam reported this incident to the Anti-Ragging Committee. The Committee decided to suspend Ram from the college for a month, and Ram felt aggrieved by it. In such a case, Ram can appeal against the decision of the Anti Ragging Committee.

Any student can appeal against any punishment given by the Anti-Ragging Committee. However, the authority you appeal to will depend on who makes the decision for the punishment. See below to find the right authority to appeal to.1 It depends on whose decisions you are aggrieved by.

Appeal for Decision of a college affiliated with a University

If you are aggrieved by the decision of a college which is affiliated with a University, you must appeal to the Vice-Chancellor of the University. For example, if you study at Hansraj College, in Delhi, you must appeal to the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University.

Appeal for Decision of a University

If you are aggrieved by the decision of a University, you must appeal to the University’s Chancellor.

Appeal for Decision of an Institution of National Importance 

If you are aggrieved by the decision of an institution which is of national importance you must appeal to the Chancellor/Chairman of that institution. For instance, some examples are the National Institute of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences. You can find a list of institutions of national importance.2

  1. Section 9.1 (c), the UGC Regulations On Curbing The Menace Of Ragging In Higher Educational Institutions, 2009.[]
  2. https://www.education.gov.in/en/institutions-national-importance[]

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