Holi is round the corner and Delhi University is gearing up to not just celebrate the festival of colours with gusto, but also ensuring that hooliganism does not play spoilsport on the campus.
The DU had prohibited playing of Holi during working hours inside educational institutions and also told colleges and departments to check identity cards of those entering their campuses.
On the other hand, the students have a different concern. The Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) has launched a five-day campaign to bring home the point that water is scarce and Delhiites should practice restraint when celebrating Holi this year.
“We need to keep in mind that there is severe water crisis in the city and many Delhiites are going without drinking water. We timed our campaign in such a way that it coincides with Holi,” said Amrita Bahri, president DUSU.
And with just four days to go for Holi, DU authorities are also trying to keep an eye on incidents of misbehaviour with women students.
The university has sought the help of police, voluntary organisations, its proctorial staff and security personnel to maintain law and order on the campus. “Anyone who indulges in acts of gross indiscipline and cause harassment of any kind would be subject to strict disciplinary action,”said a press release issued by DU.
Drivers and conductors of DTC buses have been instructed to take their vehicles to the nearest police station if any hooliganism takes places inside a bus or drive the buses with lights on so that the nearest PCR van can intercept.
A Control Room, jointly manned by Delhi Police, DTC and DU at 16, Chhatra Marg in North Campus, will deal with any untoward incident. Students can call on the number 27667221 to report any untoward incident. In the South Campus, students can call on 24119832.