To keep monkey menace under check on its campus, Panjab University (PU) has decided to take the help of ultrasound repellents on pilot basis.
The decision was taken on Friday by a committee headed by dean university instructions (DUI) Prof AK Bhandari. Confirming the development, dean students welfare (DSW) Prof Navdeep Goyal said that the engineering department has been asked to place an order of one such machine on Saturday. Depending on the results, the varsity would purchase more monkey repellents, he added.
Stray monkeys can be found roaming freely inside the hostels and departments, posing threat to the students. At present, there are a total of 18 hostels on the campus, eight for boys and nine for girls, and one working women’s hostel, accommodating around 7,000 students with about 100 departments in the university.
Besides, the varsity has also decided to take assistance of Chandigarh administration to help catch monkeys on the campus. In the past, monkeys have attacked hostellers, injured them and tore off their clothes. The university had hired three langus to chase away the monkeys. For their services, the university was shelling out `6,000 on each langur. However, the audit department, during the check of records raised objections on money spend on hiring langurs. It had stated that such expenditure incurred by the university was not tenable, as it was the responsibility of wide life department to take care of monkey menace. After that, services of langurs was discontinued.
The varsity has also decided to take help from municipal corporation in tackling the menace of stray dogs.
The hostellers of the university are also facing problem due to stray dogs. The students have been complaining about their presence on the premises of hostels and messes.
Dogs can be spotted roaming inside the messes licking utensils.
Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) leader Tajinder Dhiman said that it reflects a lack of hygiene in the hostels and despite many complaints, the authorities have failed to act. “The varsity should act to address the problem of monkey and dog menace on the campus,” said Dhiman.