Panjab University officials will conduct trial runs for introducing ‘no vehicle zones’ on the campus on Monday. If the experiment is successful the system would be in place till the time the student council polls are over.
The decision was taken after a meeting on Thursday between leaders of all student groups and PU dean of student welfare Navdeep Goyal and chief security officer Jatinder Grover
According to the plan, entry of vehicles would be restricted in academic areas besides areas surrounding the vice chancellor’s office and the Student Centre.
Visitors and students entering the campus from gate numbers 1 and 2 would have to park their vehicles on the roads between the administrative block and gates 1 and 2, residential areas and the Sector 14 market.
No vehicle, whether driven by a student or a visitor, would be allowed to go beyond that point.
Vehicles of faculty and staff members, however, would have free access to all areas.
PU officials said the varsity administration was yet to decide whether entry of all vehicles or only cars should be banned.
Sources said motorcycles and scooters might be allowed access as the primary target remained cars and SUVs moving around the campus in the poll campaigning.
The officials added those intending to visit departments like the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) would have to enter the campus from gate 3 and be allowed to park their vehicles in the ground near UILS. However, vehicles going towards the Student Centre and the arts block would not be allowed to proceed beyond the Gandhi Bhawan lawns.“If the trial runs are successful we’ll continue with the system till the time the student polls are over,” he added.The system will not be tried in the Sector-25 campus