St Joseph’s college, Moolamattom is dedicated to fostering a safe and respectful environment for all students. The primary aim of the Anti-Ragging Cell is to prevent any form of ragging, harassment, or bullying within the campus premises. The cell function as a proactive body, working diligently to create awareness among students about the harmful consequences of ragging. It closely monitors and investigates any reported incidents, ensuring strict actions are taken against the offenders. The cell conduct orientation programs to educate students about the harmful effects of ragging and the importance of mutual respect. Through collaboration with faculty, staff, and student representatives, efforts are taken to maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards ragging, providing a secure space for learning and personal growth.

Rev. Dr. Thomas George (Principal)

Dr. Praveen Joseph, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Rev. Dr. Jomon K Sebastian, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics &

HoD of Data science

Dr. Subin Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Dr. Shintu Dennis, Assistant Professor, Department of English

Translation in English of the Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1998 published under the authority of the Governor

1. Short title, extent and Commencement.

(1) This Act may be called the Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1998.

(2) It extends the whole of the State of Kerala.

(3) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 23rd day of October, 1997.

2. Definition- In this Act, unless the context otherwise required

(a) ‘head of the educational institution’ means the Principal or the Headmaster or the person responsible for the management of that educational institution; (b) ‘Ragging’ means doing of any act, by disorderly conduct, to a student of an educational institution, which causes or is likely to cause physical or psychological harm or raising apprehension or fear or shame or embarrassment to that student and includes- (i)teasing, abusing or paying practical jokes on, or causing hurt to, such student; or (ii) asking a student to do any act or perform something which such student will not, in the ordinary course willingly, do.

3. Prohibition of Ragging.

Ragging, whether inside or outside any educational institution, is strictly prohibited.

4. Penalty for Ragging.

Whoever commits, participates in, abets or propagates ragging within, or without, any educational institution shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extent to two years and shall also be liable to a fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees.

5. Dismissal of Student.

Any student convicted of an offence under section 4 shall be dismissed from the educational institution and such student shall not be admitted in any other educational institution for a period of three years from the date of order of such dismissal.

6. Suspension of Student.

(1) Whenever any student or, as the case may be, the parents or guardian, or a teacher of an educational institution complaints, in writing, of ragging to the head of the educational institution, the head of that educational institution shall, without prejudice to the foregoing provisions, within seven days of the receipt of the complaint, enquire into the matter mentioned in the complaint and if, prima facie, it is found true, suspend the student who is accused of the offence, and shall, immediately, forward the complaint to the police station having jurisdiction over the area in which the educational institution is situate, for further action. (2) Where, on enquiry by the head of the educational institution, it is proved that there is no substance prima facie in the complaint received under sub-section (1), he shall intimate the fact, in writing, to the complainant.

7. Deemed Abetment.

If the head of the educational institution fails or neglects to take action in the manner specified in section 6 when a complaint of ragging is made, such person shall be deemed to have abetted the offence of ragging and shall, on conviction, be punished as provided for in section 4.

8. Power to make Rules.

(1) The Government may, by notification in the Gazette, make rules for carrying out all or any of the purposes of this Act. (2) Every rule made under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before the Legislative Assembly, while it is in session for a total period of fourteen days, which may be comprised in one session or in two successive sessions, and if before the expiry of the session in which it is so laid, or the session immediately following, the Legislative Assembly makes any modification in the rule or decides that the rule should not be made, the rule shall, thereafter, have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be, so, however that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.

9. Repeal and Saving.

(1) The Kerala prohibition of Ragging Ordinance, 1998 (2 of 1998) is hereby repealed. (2) Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or deemed to have been done or any action taken or deemed to have been taken under the said Ordinance shall be deemed to have been done or taken under this Act.

Contact Details

Anti-ragging Cell Nodal Officer

Dr. Praveen Joseph

Mobile: 9961259759

E-mail: vkattil@yahoo.com