Trespassing through IIT campus? Watch your step, as security personnel may be in tow.
The Indian Institute of technology (IIT), Delhi, is planning to spend an unprecedented Rs 1 crore to beef up its security system.
The engineering institute is gearing for an extensive security overhaul over the next few months.
The wave of new measures includes exhaustive close circuit television surveillance at all entry points into the campus and introduction of electronic access system in hostels and academic areas such as the library and reading room.
“We’ve felt the need to beef up security in light of increase in student population. Being an academic campus we cannot keep a strict vigil on those entering and leaving the institute,” said Surendra Prasad, director, IIT Delhi.
He said since the campus was pretty porus, they hoped to improve on the security front with the new measures
The IIT campus in Hauz Khas is spread over 325 acres and porous as people from neighboring villages can easily gain entry through breaches in the boundary walls.
With new security measures, the institute hopes to tackle the problem of trespassers and petty thefts better.
“For starters, we will deploy close to 17 CCTV cameras at all the five entry gates,” said Captain BN Yadav, security officer, IIT-D. “That apart, areas such as the hostel, library, canteen will soon have an electronic access system, that is students and staff will be able to gain entry only with their unique identification cards.”
Close to 5,500 students of the institute will be issued their new identification cards by the end of this year.
“Currently, the identity cards that they have also serve as the library card. The new ones will function as an admit card to the library, hostel, and reading room. With this we will be able to limit the entry and exit of outsiders in the academic areas,” added Yadav.