Ragging, the PNECian Way of Breaking the Ice – Salar Bin Javaid


Congratulations! You’re one of the lucky few who made it to PNEC this year. You sat in that examination hall and bested around 40,000 – 50,000 students across the nation. You have now stepped into the real world, pat yourself on the back and put a feather in your cap. Now, many people will tell you about academics, activities, societies, so on and so forth. But I won’t get into any of that. I have only one thing that I shall share with you and that my juniors, is the PNECian art form of ragging.

To put it simply; ragging is a rite of passage. To truly enjoy university life one must first step into KK (you’ll soon find out about that) at any given time of the day and wait for a senior to notice you. Whether you’re an outliving student or a hostelite, there’s a senior out there waiting to see you walk into that café. While you take in the sight, someone from somewhere will call you out, and the session begins.

Many of you answer the call and walk towards the senior, but some of you tend to ignore it, thus making a huge mistake. Let’s say you went with the right choice and are now facing a senior or a whole group of seniors. Fret not! For they mean you NO harm, unlike other institutions where ragging is intended to humiliate and bully, here at PNEC it’s only used as a tool for getting to know our juniors. It begins with the introduction, which is carried out in a very specific manner; you must stand in muster position (which you’ll learn properly sooner or later), chest out, chin up and then introduce yourself. But be sure, no matter how confident you are, you’ll get it wrong the first time and that’s where your seniors will ‘help’ you out. After the introduction you’ll get the wonderful opportunity to treat your seniors to tea and/or samosas, rolls etc. while you tell them more about yourself and they tell you about life at PNEC. You might even get to showcase your vocal talents if the seniors are in the mood for some entertainment. :-p

It’s far from over as seniors aren’t limited to KK – they just spend most of their time there – you’ll find them in class rooms, labs, corridors and virtually everywhere else. Every time you come across a senior the introductory session shall start anew and how long it goes on depends on the senior.  Eventually, most of us will get to know you and you will learn about the places that you need to stay away from in order to avoid us. We also like the library and juniors who show up at the library too much are practically asking for it.

That’s just a brief overview of how your first encounter might go down, the tip of the iceberg. Some of you might dodge us initially but remember you can’t run forever. Lastly, remember that if a senior calls you out you should be respectful and answer their call. If you behave well you will definitely gain our respect and we’ll be there to help you out in any way possible. But if you try to act smart then let me tell you that we seniors can be quite creative. -.-

Salar Bin Javaid is a Sophomore at Pakistan Navy Engineering College. He has a thing or two for Rap Music. Better not mess with him for he’ll make you wish you were never born! Connect with him here: https://www.facebook.com/salar.javaid

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