Educational Institution, Fresher, Ragging
to prohibit ragging in educational institutions in the State of Goa.
Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of Goa in the Fifty-ninth Year of the
Republic of India as follows:— – 694 –
Manual of Goa Laws (Vol. III)
Prohibition of Ragging Act
- Short title, extent and commencement.— (1) This Act may be called the Goa
Prohibition of Ragging Act, 2008.
(2) It shall extend to whole of the State of Goa.
(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Government may, by notification in the
Official Gazette appoint.
- Definitions.— In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
(a) “educational institution” means and includes a College, having Degree classes
and/or Higher Secondary Classes and/or Post Graduates Classes, Junior College,
Polytechnic or other institution by whatever name called, carrying on the activity of
imparting education therein, either exclusively or among other activities, and includes
an orphanage or a boarding home or hostel or a tutorial institution or any other
premises attached thereto;
(b) “fresher” means a fresh or new student admitted to an educational institution and
includes Junior students;
(c) “Government” means the Government of Goa;
(d) “head of the educational institution” means the Vice-Chancellor of the
University, Dean of Medical Faculty, Director of the Institution or the Principal,
Headmaster or the person responsible for the management of the educational
(e) “ragging” means any disorderly conduct, whether by words spoken or written or
by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness any other
student indulging in rowdy or indisciplined activities which causes or is likely to cause
annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in a
fresher or a Junior student or asking the student to do any act or perform something
which such student will not do in the ordinary course and which has the effect of
causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment or adversely affect the
physique or psyche of a fresher or a Junior student;
(f) “senior” means a student studying in higher classes as compared to other
students in an educational institution;
(g) “student” means a person who is admitted to an educational institution and
whose name is lawfully borne on the attendance register thereof.
- Anti-ragging movement.— It shall be the duty of every educational institution to
prevent or deter the commission of ragging and shall initiate anti-ragging movement by
taking all steps required. Without prejudice to the aforesaid;
(i) the prospectus, the form for admission and/or any other literature issued to the
aspirants for admission shall clearly mention that ragging is banned in the institution
and anyone indulging in ragging is likely to be punished;
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