The July 27 stabbing of a female student inside Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya (DAVV) in Indore has left many shocked and in fear, highlighting the campus’s poor security, which authorities assured, would be upgraded.
With Indore rapidly becoming an education hub for central India, DAVV, graded ‘A’ by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), is the natural choice of many in the state.
However, the poor security in the two campuses of the state-run varsity has raised questions in the minds of scholars and graduates, especially women.
The main problem, students say, is due to the unchecked entry of outsiders.
The first campus—known as Takshila Parisar 1 or Khandwa Road campus—is spread over 300 acres and has four gates, with security guards manning only the main entrance.
“But he is useless. He is old and ineffective at keeping a check on outsiders or helping anyone in trouble. He never bothers to verify the identities of anyone entering the campus,” Roshni Verma, a BSc student, said.
The Takshila Parisar 2 or Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) campus, which lies west of the Inner Ring Road, has only two gates and both have guards.
“But here too no one checks those entering or leaving,” Verma said.
Students have reported several instances of vehicle thefts. “When you ask the guards, they just look helpless,” a student, who did not want to be named, said.
Students said varsity authorities showed no concern when they raised the matter before them. Students’ outfits such as NSUI and ABVP also asked the university to strengthen security arrangements, but it has all fallen on deaf ear, the student said.
The guards are sent by a private security agency and appointed by university authorities after due verification of background.
However, most of the guards are unskilled and armed with only a lathi.
Vice-chancellor Narendra Kumar Dhakkar, who took charge in May this year, said security at both the campuses was his top priority. “I will do everything for it.”
A first-year student was stabbed by two bike-borne men in front of CV Raman Girls Hostel on July 27. When the victim and her classmate sought the administration’s assistance in reporting the matter to police, they were asked to do so themselves.
Poor security has led to incidents of eve teasing and sexual harassment in the campus, but many go unreported, students said.