As per a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey conducted in 2018, India is the most dangerous country for women. The survey included 550 experts on women’s issues who ranked 193 countries in the United Nations and India actually made it to the top of the list. An increasing rate of crime against women that plagues the country is quite conspicuous. Its impact on holding back the relatively fast-growing economy of the Indian sub-continent is not an unknown phenomenon. It is almost like a regular pattern for women to be subjected to sexual harassment, physical violence, behavioural abuse and discrimination that also pose as major obstacles in women’s education. Higher education institutes that may seem to be a safe haven for the female students do not remain untouched by incidents that raise severe questions on women safety inside the premises. There is an increase in the number of cases related to offence against women in colleges across the nation every year, as reported by the Ministry of Human Resource Department of India.
Amidst the falling standards of women safety in educational institutions Invertis University, Bareilly has adopted an exemplary approach towards offering its female students a healthy and safe learning environment. The university has an active proctorial board and a women’s grievance cell that ensure the well-being of every student including women studying there. Disciplinary rules for indulging and abetting in ragging are quite stringent and call for strict action against anyone who is found guilty of the same. It is a consequence of the institution’s unwavering perseverance to render an unmatched quality of campus life to its students.
The Proctorial Board of the institute ensures a ragging-free environment for one and all. If in case any student has to face misbehaviour of his seniors or anyone else in the campus, they can approach the board and get help from them. Concerning the directions of the Honorable Supreme Court in SLP No. 24295 of 2006 dated 16-05-2007 as well as in Civil Appeal number 887 of 2009, dated 08-05-2009, Invertis University brought forth effective measures to curb any type of activity that may be classified as ragging (as per the legal definition).
Any complaint filed by a student is taken very seriously by the board, which is followed by a thorough inquiry on the same.
The institution believes that the guilty must be punished and whosoever indulges in act of ragging must be meted out with exemplary and justifiably harsh punishment to prevent reoccurrence of it. Any act that demeans the dignity hampers the psychological or physical well-being of student(s) is handled seriously by the institutional authority. It strives to offer all its female students, teachers and workers can work or study without having to worry about their safety.
A study conducted with students of Delhi University revealed that women settled for lower-ranked colleges to avoid street harassment. Their choice to trade quality for safety may not only affect an individual’s long-term outcomes but would also have significant aggregate productivity effects. To tackle issues like this one, Invertis University recommends staying in the college hostel, wherein the students can have a safe and secure atmosphere. The entire campus is under the vigilance of security cameras and personnel. The institution’s intolerance against any act causing shame, embarrassment or harm to the mental or physical health of any female student is depicted through the stern measures it has put in place to combat ragging and women related crimes in the campus.
The Women Grievance Cell of the university works tirelessly to offer all the female students, faculty and staff members a sense of being safe and secure inside the campus. The aggrieved person can contact any of the committee members and register a complaint. The committee undertakes cases related to sexual harassment, gender discrimination and abuse inflicted to a woman of any other nature. The university firmly believes that it is not just the rules and regulations that are effective in keeping a check on sexual harassment and gender discrimination but awareness about the same is equally significant. Regular training sessions and sex education classes by experts are held in the university from time to time. The Women Grievance Cell makes sure any case pertaining to sexual harassment of a woman is dealt with the utmost sensitivity and care while focusing on its resolution in a time-bound manner.
Ensuring a safe environment in educational institutions will lead to not only lead to a higher rate of women education but also contribute to the economic growth of our country. As per a report published by the World Bank in 2018 at 17% of India’s GDP, the economic contribution of women is quite less than half the worldwide average and compares adversely to the 40% in China. India could improve its growth by anything in between 1.5% points to 9% every year if around 50% of its women could join the workforce. Women can join the workforce and work towards building this nation only when they have a suitable educational degree. To drive more women students to schools and colleges, it is imperative to offer them a secure learning environment like Invertis University does.