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Hey ikkadara! Seniors ni wish cheyyalani theleeda? Enti aa look? Dress Code follow avvamani seniors cheppaleda? Chetilo aa watch enti?” Any Osmanian would’ve heard these set of dialogues scores of times, every time they were outside their classroom, their ‘safe zone’. There is a widespread belief that the UCE, O.U.(A) located in the Osmania University Campus is the worst place, when it comes to ragging. So how true is it? Team VY finds out through a survey comprising of a set of interesting questions.

Out of 21 students surveyed, 17 of them felt that this form of ‘interaction’, which is fast replacing the word ‘ragging’ didn’t exceed limits or rather was friendly. Imposing a dress code on the juniors, Formal Introduction, popularly known as the BD (short for Bio data), repeating some lame ‘multiplication tables’, bringing recharge cards and goodies for seniors, writing their records and assignments, fooling around are some of the mild versions of it. On the flip side, physical and verbal abuse also exist. While some students take ragging in their stride and try enjoying getting ragged, there are a few others, who refuse to take in the inhuman behavior of their seniors. Seniors probably rag juniors because they themselves, as freshers, were ragged by their seniors. Thus, the ‘tradition’ is kept alive.

The College Management, of course, has been striving hard in curbing this evil. There are colorful posters all over the campus reminding students about the trouble they could land into if they resorted to anything, which could even remotely be considered ragging. Apart from this, Professors and Lecturers give out verbal reminders too. The lectures are of course met with sniggers, for all the attempts to discipline the ‘just-free-2nd yearites’, go down the drain. And ‘interaction’ takes place within a 5mts radius of location of the Anti-Ragging posters.

Interestingly, some of the present 3rd yearites made a mention of the Tollywood flick ‘Happy days’, when asked about their ragging experiences. Recalls Anvita (Name changed), “We were 1st years when the movie Happy Days released and we had experienced a few weeks of ragging by then. Suddenly, we could notice the change in the way our seniors ragged us. The movie surely had a huge impact on this form of ‘interaction’. Seniors were making use of those dialogues, the most popular ones being – ‘juniors seniors ni question cheyyakudadu’ and  ‘You went to the cafeteria?’ (With expressions which would put even Mr. Bean to shame!) ‘Juniors cafeteria ki velladam college charitra lone ledhu!’ – Ouf! Now what else is the cafeteria meant for? It was really amusing and I couldn’t help but laugh at them. We were even made to enact scenes from the Movie, like they couldn’t think of better or more creative ways to rag us”.

The DJ... a hotspot for ragging Credit: St.Anik

The DJ... a hotspot for ragging Credit: St.Anik

Says Anirudh*, a 1st yearite, “Ragging according to me should be just a friendly interaction with seniors… To know more about them, about college etc. I am strictly against the typical ‘I am senior, you are junior. Fold your hands and stand. Wish me. Say sir/mam. Buy me recharge cards …’ etc. I expected a literal ‘interaction’, as in, about yourself etc. and few fun acts like making you take an ant for a walk. None of it happened. And I have decided that I will not rag my juniors. Will rather be a good friend of them. Ragging was not that severe anyways. There were a few members of the anti-ragging squad roaming around in the campus. The H.O.D and the Profs also take this issue quite seriously. But a few classmates of mine became very goods friends of a few seniors through interaction”.

Another 1st yearite, Preetham* says, “Initially we were scared to take the MMTS to college because of the large number of seniors taking the same trains. Also, Jaamai Osmania is one of the hotspots for ragging. We were made to sing songs every time a train came and it was a little embarrassing. The laughs of the passers by made it more humiliating”. Arjun*, an ex student recalls, “I was made to dance like R.Narayanamurthy for the song ‘Errajanda errajanda enniyalo’ in the bus stop. It was very funny and got a little embarrassing later when the regular commuters started recognizing me and giving me smiles like they saw Mr. Bean”.

Since OUCE doesn’t have college buses, unlike other engineering colleges, there are no chances of being ragged by seniors while commuting, unless, you happen to take the same route home. As mentioned above, the Jamai Osmania Railway Station is a ‘hotspot’ for ragging, as a number of students travel by the MMTS. Ragging in bus stops is milder compared to ‘Jamai’ (as it is popularly known) because of the frequency of buses and a larger number of escape routes. Other ‘hotspots’ for ragging include the Parking area, the ‘DJ’ (Diamond Jubilee Library), the tree between the Physics and Chemistry Laboratories. Outside Campus, freshers are ragged at ‘CCD’ (Café coffee day), ‘Friends Bakery’, Shivam road bus stop and a few other places.

Four years pass by in a jiffy, and when it is all said and done and you are in your office/job, thinking about college, you ponder the kind of the student life that you were a part of – brings a huge grin onto your face. Ragging, even in its silliest forms has seen friendships blossom. Even otherwise, a college campus cannot exist completely outside the system that enfolds it. The prevention of ragging through draconian rules may not be completely possible. But ragging in OUCE has seen a steep decline compared to what it was. Ragging is fast becoming a case study for Sigmund Freud, nothing more.

* Names changed to protect identity.

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