Separate gates for entry and exit, restriction on entry of outsiders, hiring private security, increasing height of boundary walls – were a few among the measures suggested by Delhi University’s panel to augment security in colleges post the shameful events at IP college’s fest.
On 4th April, the University of Delhi constituted a 5-member committee to investigate the incursion onto the Indraprastha College for Women’s campus during the college’s annual fest. The committee has now prepared security guidelines for colleges to prevent such future mishaps after several meetings and consultations with the Delhi Police.
These guidelines have been issued in the wake of several recent incidents which have threatened the security of girls on college campuses. Low boundary walls, no concertina wires, common entry and exit gates, dearth in CCTV surveillance were certain infrastructural issues adding to the insecurity. Although the recent incidents have largely been reported at all-women’s colleges, these general guidelines are mandated to be followed diligently in all campuses.
The advisory by the DU Proctor Rajni Abbi, dated 13th April, mandates a proper Advance Security Liaison (ASL) meeting with all stakeholders i.e. fire, police, electricity, college/university security, college representative, event management company etc, before the commencement of any concert or event inviting outside students. No such event is to be organised without an NOC (No objection certificate) from the police.
“There should be a careful assessment of the capacity of the venue in relation to attendees expected. Information on the capacity of the various venues should be mapped and total number of participants allowed should be in accordance with the available space,” read the advisory.
Mandating such structural changes was the need of the hour considering the loop holes within the administration and the infrastructure. Implementation of these measures in a stringent and swift manner is of utmost importance considering that the fest season is still not over. Greater funding towards security is definitely something that was needed. Greater emphasis on implementation in all-girls colleges is even more important” – Priyanka Bhalla, a student from Lady Shri Ram College for Women in conversation with DU Beat
Among other measures were proper assessment of height of college walls, and installation of concertina wires if found to be low and scalable, installation of metal detectors, CCTV cameras at college and hostel gates. Pre-registration would be a pre-requisite for entry, submission of details like venue, date, time, crowd number beforehand to the police has been necessitated.
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