Anti-Bullying Action-Plan In Campuses Soon

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New Delhi: Bullying in educational institutes is not uncommon yet goes unnoticed. It leaves deep psychological scars on the student’s mind.

Bullying is something which is not restricted to freshers like ragging where the seniors can assert their supremacy or makes it known to all. Bullying in classroom or in hostel takes place year-round in the form of physical or verbal abuse in classes or social boycott among the girls.

But help is at sight. The Government is working on an anti-bullying policy to check the menace both in schools and colleges. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, UGC has set up a high-powered committee to suggest an action plan to stop bullying in classes.

In all likelihood, amendments will be made in the anti-ragging regulations to curb bullying.

The report quoted a study by The Teacher Foundation, a voluntary body, which said that between 2013 and 2017 across 15 Indian cities 42 per cent students in classes 4-8 and 36 per cent in classes 9-12 reported bullying.

“Moreover, apart from a senior student intimidating junior ones, there can be issues which are region-specific or are linked with social realities. The committee will examine the issue of bullying from all aspects,” the report said quoting an official.

UNESCO, which had published a study earlier this year said that frequently bullied students are nearly three times more likely to feel like outsiders, and are more than twice as likely to miss school.

The committee which will prepare the policy will include representatives from NCERT, CBSE, HRD ministry and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

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