Panjab University to add 40 more CCTV cameras, fill 80 vacant security posts

Taking a lesson from the brutal gangrape of a 23-year old girl in Delhi, Panjab University will be installing 40 more CCTV cameras on its campus to keep a strict vigil on anti-social elements and avoid unforeseen circumstances.

The varsity will also see the recruitment of 80 security personnel, posts of whom have been laying vacant. A total of 359 security personnel work on the campus against the sanctioned strength of 439.

At present over 60 CCTV cameras are installed on the campus. Though the proposal of installing 40 more CCTV cameras was in pipeline since past one year, the incident in Delhi and increasing reports of rape and eve-teasing has motivated varsity authorities to overhaul the security system existing on campus.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover held a meeting in the issue on Tuesday, which was attended by chief Security officer P K Dhawan and others.

Moreover, the varsity will also have an additional security vehicle to patrol the campus including the one in Sector 25 campus. At present the varsity has only one security van.

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Chief Security officer P K Dhawan said: "After this Delhi rape incident, we have decided to leave no stone unturned to maintain law and order in the varsity. We have already passed instructions to the security deployed on PU gates to allow outsiders inside campus only after checking."

"Proposal of installing more CCTV cameras was there, but now the process will be sped up. Moreover, strict monitoring of the gheri route- from PU market to girls hostels, will be done," he added.

The V-C has also decided to constitute a sub-committee that will collate suggestions to strengthen the security system, while stundents have suggested an emergency number they can dial in case they are in trouble.

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