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College ragging can be pleasure, or a pain
If conducted in a friendly manner ragging can be a good way of interaction between seniors and juniors, but there have been many instances of painful ragging and I students shudder at the thought of going to the college on the first day
WHEN WE talk of our first day in college, besides other things that come to our mind, one of the most common thing is ragging. The term ragging has different meanings for different people. Some consider it a good way of communicating with the freshers while others may consider it humiliating or harassing. Freshers and seniors both respond differently towards ragging.


Ragging is not bad. If done in a friendly atmosphere it can be a good way of interaction between seniors and juniors. But some seniors forget that they too were once in the same situation and force the freshers to do unnecessary things which not only spoils their day but also makes them feel humiliated. “I had a bad experience but I will make sure that it should not happen to my juniors. We will rather welcome our freshers and make them feel comfortable and try to help them in every possible aspect,” says Reema Jain, a IIIrd year student Maitreyi College.


For freshers going to the college means entering in a new world, making new friends. Freshers on the first day are in a mixed stage, excited as well as nervous and so they respond differently. Some freshers face it boldly while others shiver at the very thought of it. “I have heard many instances of bad ragging and I am really scared of going on the very first day to the college,” says a fresher.


The college canteen and parks in the college are the most common places where ragging is done. The college hostels, especially medical and engineering are the places where ragging is really scary.


Classroom ragging is most common these days in which case seniors go to the respective classrooms of the freshers to rag the full batch. Parents too have different opinion on ragging. Some think that ragging should be totally banned as it sometimes hurts the sentiments of the students and deflates their morale. They think that they should not be given a shock on the very first day. While some parents believe that to some extent it is good as it is a medium through which they can meet their seniors and understand them better. Seniors always guide their juniors and help them out whenever they need their help. According to some people it has now became a tradition but should be used as a means to welcome the juniors and make the atmosphere really friendly for them. So it becomes easy for them to adjust in the new environment and with new friends.


Teachers and principals in the college do try to keep a track of all such activities. Various laws have been passed in this regard. Police patrolling is being undertaken outside many colleges for a first few weeks to keep the situation under control. Posters are displayed outside and inside various colleges and many anti-ragging campaigns are being introduced this year.
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