MGIMS calls for a zero-tolerance policy towards ragging- a social evil that violates human rights and destroys the dignity of life. It follows measures mentioned in the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act (1999), recommendations of Raghavan committee (2006) constituted by the Supreme Court, and guidelines issued by the Medical Council of India (2009) to root out the menace of ragging in medical institutions.
Toll free number to report ragging - 1800-233-0002
MGIMS has several measures- before, during and after the process of admission -for strict enforcement of anti-ragging measures. The punishable ingredients of ragging are clearly spelt out in a document signed by the medical students and their parents soon after admission. The document emphasizes that ragging is a cognizable offence under the law and students indulging in ragging can be severely punished. These punishments are in the form of suspension, withholding scholarships or results, withdrawal of financial assistance, mentioning this act on their migration or transfer certificates, debarring from participation in events, cancellation of admission, rustication, expulsion, a public apology and a fine.
The students also sign a document that says that they are aware of the institution’s approach towards ragging and the punishment to which they shall be liable if found guilty of ragging. A similar undertaking is obtained from their parents/guardians.
A printed leaflet detailing when and to whom one has to turn for information, help and guidance for various purposes, keeping in view the needs of new entrants, along with the addresses and telephone numbers of such persons, is given to freshers at the time of admissions. The management, the dean and the teachers personally interact with the students and take them in confidence by apprising them of their right as well as obligation to fight against ragging. Freshers are encouraged to report any instance of ragging without fear.
This information is displayed campus wide- in the hostels, canteens, corridors and all notice boards. When freshers are admitted to the institute, they are housed in a safe and secure block, guarded by a resident warden. Anti-ragging squads periodically round hostels and canteens to ensure that the freshers are not mentally, emotionally or physically abused. An anti-ragging committee meets periodically to ensure that the campus is ragging free. A vigilance committee, composed of medical teachers, keeps a keen vigil in the ragging prone zones to prevent its occurrence and recurrence. The institute has also formed mentoring cells comprising of senior students and faculty members where students are encouraged to confide any act of ragging. Freshers also know that they can call members of the anti-ragging committee at any time, should they face uneasy situations.
Code of Conduct
Students admitted to MGIMS are expected to acquire skills that would help them become understanding, ethical, compassionate, empathetic and competent doctors. Everybody on campus wears Khaadi and participates in a 30-minute all -religion Friday-evening prayer. We encourage voluntary labour- shramdaan. We do not permit eating non-vegetarian food, smoking or drinking alcohol on campus. Residing in the hostels is compulsory.
Soon after admission, all freshers stay in Gandhiji’s aashram, about a km from the institute. Over a period of 15 days, they are offered first-hand experience of what a rural life is all about and how Gandhian thoughts can shape their personal and professional life.
A couple of months later, students take part in a Social Service Camp where they learn strong associations of poverty and medical illnesses and are taught how to practice healthcare in resource poor settings. They live in a village, interact with people and collect health related information in community based programs.
Students need to obtain written permission from the Officer in charge for any leave of absence. All students must report to the warden before they leave the campus and after they come back. They must report to the warden if they are taken ill in the hostel. When they go out and fall sick, they must send a medical certificate to the dean.
Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Those whose attendance falls short of 75% in theory classes and 80% in practicals may not be permitted to take university examinations.
Students who perform poorly in academics or do not adhere to the code of conduct are likely to lose several opportunities and benefits. For example, they might now be allowed to hold office in extracurricular bodies, might be refused a scholarship or monetary assistance.