An application (App) for mobile devices has been launched for state university students to instantly inform the authorities of ragging incidents as a step to eradicate the ragging menace from universities, Higher Education Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said yesterday.
Minister Rajapakshe told Daily Mirror that all state university students in the country had access to this application and they could inform the University Grants Commission (UGC) of ragging incidents via the App.
He said this application was available 24 hours of the day and added that the UGC would be monitoring it and could identify the students current location at all times.
He also said the local police in the relevant area would be alerted as soon as any student sends a distress call about an ongoing ragging incident and were expected to respond immediately.
“Any student can download this application starting from yesterday and we urge them to make use of the technology, developed by Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) at the Ministry’s request, to inform the authorities without delay,” he said.
He said ragging in universities was on the rise with many serious incidents, including sexual harassment, not even being reported.
“In total around 280 ragging incidents were reported to have taken place in state universities last year which were not reported to the police due to various issues. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
Ceylon Thursday, 7 June 2018 07:38
Torturers are nit studebts.one find these criminals,expell from uni and recover from them peoples expensess lossess for their education or send to jail for hard work till recover the state lossess.
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AJ Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:47
would it have been cheaper for the taxpayer to have a 24/7 hotline number?
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abc Thursday, 7 June 2018 07:47
The problem is that many Ragging victims believe that ragging is a good thing after being fooled by seniors that it's part of university culture.
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Ceylon Thursday, 7 June 2018 12:31
Who told you its univerdity culture ?.its jungle culture.
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Kingsley Wijesinhe Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:16
This is a good initiative, but nothing will come of it if raggers are not subjected to severe punishment including jail terms and disbarment from state university education for life. What happened to the Peradeniya Agriculture Faculty raggers who were arrested last year? anyone gone to jail yet?
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sachith Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:25
Another multi-million project from ICTA, and result would be "Yanne koheda malle pol". Must have a lots of bugs, and another tender for fixing bugs.
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Unchikun Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:45
Bull Shit. How can a mobile app stop ragging. Ignorance at it best. The nice song "Three blind mice".
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suresh Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:45
Good intention, but the first thing the raggers would do is confiscate his/her phone now.
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Supul Muhandiram Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:39
This initiative has been in the plans since 2014 or 2015. It's hilarious. Any person who has been in such a situation know how unrealistic this is. The police cannot enter the university premises without permission. And most importantly, students are not allowed to have smartphones in the rag season in many universities. So I don't think it'll do a huge change in how things are going. But, I do acknowledge that even a small step like this would bring us closer to ending this harassment.
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Senewi Thursday, 7 June 2018 10:12
Can't you introduce a similar app for end all forms of corruptions of parliamentary members .
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shanthapriya Thursday, 7 June 2018 10:36
a slap on the face of Anura kumara Dissanayake
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Ru Thursday, 7 June 2018 16:08
This year first year students in the perdeniya university arts faculty were not allowed to have mobile phones by the seniors. The administration turned a blind eye and shrugged their shoulders. And this app will help, how?
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user Thursday, 7 June 2018 19:55
One thing they forgot: YOU CANNOT USE A MOBILE PHONE DURING THE RAGGING PERIOD!
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Arawinda Wijewickrama Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:24
Why dont the police just instate a new unit in university premises and suppress this norm/culture? This doesnt have to be a long run thing. Creating one controlled generation = it wont get carried forward in future generations etc...
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Tinkiriya Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:40
Can a mobile app be made to govern the country by artificial intelligence and robotics to replace all our politicians.
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