NHRC in collaboration with NUALS organises three-day National Seminar on Ragging from 25 to 27 March 2015 in Kochi (24.03.2015)

New Delhi, 24th March, 2015

The National Human Rights Commission is organising a three-day National Seminar on 'Ragging: Legal & Human Rights Dimensions' in collaboration with the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) at its campus auditorium, Kalamassery in Kochi from the 25th - 27th March, 2015. Mr. Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Chairperson, NHRC will inaugurate the seminar as the Chief Guest at 02:30 p.m. on the 25th March, 2015. The inaugural session will be presided over by Prof. (Dr.) Rose Varghese, Vice-Chancellor, NUALS and addressed by Mr. Justice Cyriac Joseph, Member, NHRC as the Keynote Speaker and Mr. S.C. Sinha, Member, NHRC as the Guest of Honour.

The seminar is a part of a series of seminars being organised by the NHRC in collaboration with different institutions in different places of the country to build awareness about the importance of protection and promotion of human rights and related issues.

The aim of this seminar is to discuss various aspects related to the ragging and how it could be stopped. The seminar has been divided into five academic sessions apart from the inaugural and valedictory sessions.

The subjects for discussion in the five academic sessions include, 'Ragging in India-An Overview', 'Legal Dimensions of Ragging', 'Human Rights Dimensions of Ragging', 'Panel Discussion - Ragging- Reasons & Remedies' and 'Ragging-Impact on Education and Discipline' followed by group a discussion in the Plenary session on 'Towards a Ragging Free India.'

Several prominent speakers would include, among others, Dr. (Mrs.) Meera Kaura Patel, Advocate & Senior Member of SAVE, Mr. Chaman Lal, Former DGP, Prof. (Dr.) K.N. Chandrasekharan Pillai, Former Director, Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, Justice K.T. Sankaran, Judge, High Court of Kerala, Dr. Alexander Jacob, IPS, Managing Director, Kerala Police Housing Corporation, Mr. M.B. Rajesh, MP, Dr. Sebastian Paul, Former M.P., Advocate & Journalist, Mr. Sivan Madathil, Advocate & Social Activist, Dr. S.D. Singh, Psychologist, Mr. P.S. Shreedharan Pillai, Advocate & Writer, Dr. Mathew Kuzhalnadan, National Secretary, Youth Congress, Dr. N.K. Jayakumar, Former Vice-Chancellor, NUALS, Prof. M.C. Valson, NULAS and Dr. Ranjit Singh, Joint Secretary, NHRC.

Prof. P.J. Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha will be addressing the concluding session of the seminar on the 27th March, 2015 as the Chief Guest. This session will be presided over by Mr. Justice Cyriac Joseph, Member, NHRC.