UoP colleges to brainstorm on women safety on campus

The gangrape of the 23-year-old girl in Delhi who died on Saturday has prompted the University of Pune (UoP) to hold a meeting of student welfare officers on January 1 to discuss issues related to safety of women on campuses of colleges under it.

"Although the meeting is being held to discuss the Jagar Janivancha programme announced by the state government, we decided to extend it to discuss all issues related to women safety keeping in view the recent developments in Delhi and draw up preventive measures," said Dr Pandit Shelke, director, Student Welfare, UoP. Minister of Higher Education Rajesh Tope had recently announced the Jagar Janivancha to encourage colleges to enroll more women students, remove any gender discrimination, and ensure safety of women on campus. Colleges will be also be assessed on these factors and will compete with each other at three levels, district, university and state.

"From about 880 colleges under the University of Pune (UoP), which include affiliated colleges and management and research institutes, 492 welfare officers will participate in the meeting on January 1. We will discuss various parameters that need to be identified to increase safety of women on the college premises," said Shelke.

"We will also discuss various measures to be taken to give a platform so that women too feel equal to men and avail themselves of all opportunities provided to them. Plus we will also discuss various new measures to be taken to empower university's female students," added Shelke.

Apart from discussion of women's issues, the meeting will include gender sensitization of male students.

"Sensitisation of male students is important. We will issue directives to all colleges to implement the various schemes discussed in the meeting," said Shelke.

The meeting of colleges from Pune city and rural areas will be held from 10am to 12am.

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