Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over reports of almost no ragging cases in educational institutions in the State but raised concern over reports of students consuming drugs on college campuses and an increase in road accidents, reports The Hindu.
Addressing the 10th State- level meeting of Anti-Ragging Monitoring Cell at the Raj Bhavan in Goa, Ms. Sinha said that the word “ragging” should be avoided in the programmes of educational institutions.
The Vice Chancellor of Goa University, Varun Sahni, said that only one case of cyber ragging was reported in Goa this year. He said that nowadays the nature of ragging is changing and asked institutions to be more vigilant. “Ragging like Cyber bullying is an increasing menace,” he said.
Ms. Sinha also appreciated the steps taken by Goa Directorate of Education for including civic sense subjects such as Road Safety, Hygiene and Garbage Cleaning in the current syllabus. She said this would help develop values in the minds of children right from the beginning, reports The Hindu.
Speaking on stress and depression among students, Ms. Sinha said that parents should not pressurise their children to excel in their studies.
Ms. Sinha also advised parents to look after their children’s dietary habits as the food consumed by the younger generation often causes them to suffer diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes at an early age, reports The Hindu.