IISER Bhopal comprises a diverse community of graduate (BS-MS and Ph.D) Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows sharing the same campus. The Office of Students' Affairs headed by the Dean of Students' Affairs (DOSA) facilitates the management of all aspects related to the student community such as student activities, hostels, mess facility, security, transportation, counselling, and medical facilities. The Office is also concerned with the general well-being of students and the quality of their campus life.
The following is a description of what constitutes ragging as per the Raghavan Committee recommendation to the Supreme Court:
Ragging is as any act which violates the dignity of the individual student or is perceived to violate his/her dignity.Ragging is a cognizable, non-bailable, noncompoundable offence with punishment ranging from one year imprisonment and fine upto 7 years rigorous imprisonment and fine.
Broadly ragging can be categorized in the following way for which various term of punishment are prescribed:
- Verbal: Where senior causes mental harassment, discomfort for the junior by forcing him/her to answer unacceptable/ personal questions, dance, sing etc is said to rag the junior. It also includes within its ambit cyber ragging. Punishment: 1 year imprisonment or fine or both.
- Severe Verbal Ragging: Where the mental harassment, discomfort is to such an act as forces the junior to withdraw from the college. Punishment: 7 year imprisonment with fine.
- Physical: Any act by the senior towards the junior which in icts bodily injury on the junior, like beating the junior, hitting him/her with objects etc. Punishment: 7 year imprisonment with fine.
- Sexual Ragging: Where the senior asks the junior to do an act which damages sexual dignity of the junior. Punishment: 7 year rigorous imprisonment and fine.
- Expulsion from the educational institution, if found guilty on inquiry by the Institution against a complaint lodged by any other student.
- Any student convicted with imprisonment shall be dismissed from the educational institution in which he/she has been prosecuting his studies for the time being, and shall not be readmitted to that educational institution.
For further information, please read attached document on AICTE regulations
The institute AntiRagging Committee(as per April 02, 2014) consists of :
- Dean, Students’ Affairs (Chairperson)
- Chairperson, Council of Wardens (Vice-Chairperson)
- All the Wardens (Member(s))
- President, SAC (Member)
- Superintendent or AR, DOAA or DOSA (Member Secretary)
The committee will oversee the implementation of the provisions of the verdict and the Govt. of India guidelines in this regard from time to time.
- Physical contact and advances.
- Demand or request for sexual favours.
- Sexually coloured remarks.
- Display of pornography.
- Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature
- subjects another person to an unwelcome act of physical intimacy, like grabbing, brushing, touching, pinching etc.
- makes an unwelcome demand or request (whether directly or by implication) for sexual favour from another person, and further makes it a condition for employment/payment of wages/increment/promotion etc.
- makes an unwelcome remark with sexual connotations, like sexually explicit compliments/cracking loud jokes with sexual connotations/ making sexist remarks etc.
- shows a person any sexually explicit visual material, in the form of pictures/cartoons/pinups/calendars/screen savers on computers/any offensive written material/pornographic emails, etc.
- engages in any other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which could be verbal, or even non-verbal, like staring to make the other person uncomfortable, making offensive gestures, kissing sounds, etc.
Often such behaviour goes unpunished because of hesitation on the part of victim to report such behaviour out of a sense of shame or fear or both. It is important to protest against any behaviour that they feel is unwanted and unacceptable. The Complaint Cell at IISER Bhopal has been set up with the aim of providing a platform to complain about any unwelcome behaviour.
- Dr. Snigdha Thakur (Asst. Professor, Department of Physics, Convener)
- Smt. Nirmala Buch (President, Mahila Chetna Manch, NGO, Ex- Officio Member)
- Dr. Alakesh Bisai (Dean, Faculty Affairs, Ex-Officio Member)
- Dr. Kashyap Rajeevsarathy (Dean-in-charge, Student Affairs, Ex-Officio Member)
- Dr. Anju Rani Sachan ( Women Social Scientist nominated on the Senate, Ex-Officio Member)
- Dr. Madhumita Mukherjee (Scientific Officer, Member-Secratary)
- Don't feel a sense of shame. Tell the harasser very clearly that you find his/her behaviour offensive.
- Don't ignore the harassment in the hope that it will stop on its own. Come forward and complain.
- Talk to somebody you trust about the harassment. It will not only give you strength but also help others in similar situations to come forward and complain.
- Keep a record of all incidents of sexual harassment in a notebook. If you feel the need to register a formal complaint later, this record will be helpful.
- To act as Inquiry Authority on a complaint of sexual harassment.
- To ensure that victims and witnesses are not victimized or discriminated because of their complaint.
- To take proactive measures towards sensitization of the sta, students and faculty members of the Institute on gender issues.
Of all the psychological disorders, anxiety is the most common in the United States. About 18% of the population, or 40 million adults, suffer the disorder. Social anxiety specifically effects 15 million people, or nearly 7% of the population. When you look into why so many people suffer anxiety, it’s no surprise.
American society in particular is chock full of prejudice and bias. If you’re the wrong color, the wrong sexuality, or even in the wrong tax bracket, it’s hard to be accepted. Thus you have large swaths of the population feeling anxious.
Despite all that, a study out of Lakehead University made some pretty interesting observations of the unexpected benefits of social anxiety. According to them, those with anxiety disorder scored higher on verbal intelligence tests than those who did not report anxiety.
Additionally, a study at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York found that people with severe anxiety had higher IQs than those who did not suffer anxiety.
Finally, researchers at the University of Haifa’s Department of Psychology in Haifa, Israel, looked at the empathic tendencies of people with social anxiety and found “elevated mentalizing and empathic abilities,” Those suffering from severe anxiety also had higher social awareness and were more sensitive and attentive to the states of mind of others. Their social anxiety may have stemmed from the fact that they so thoroughly feel the feelings of others.
They say ignorance is bliss, so in a way, awareness can be its own kind of torture. Being sensitive to everyone around you is kind of a nightmare and often manifests as anxiety. People with anxiety may not see it this way, but it could be something of a gift.
For more information on Student Counselling, please see students.iiserb.ac.in/affairs/counselling/
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