The Kashmir University has decided to take help of electronic gadgets to shoo away lovebirds from its campus and to keep an eye on immoral activities in and around the varsity.
It has installed closed-circuit television (CCTV) at the two entrance points to dissuade outsiders from dating inside the campus. There are more such cameras in offing to tighten the grip over the university students too.
“The university campus had become a hub of immoral activities. It was a dating place for everyone, even people would do engagement ceremonies on the campus,” said Naseer Iqbal, an officer with the ward and watch department.
Iqbal, also a chemistry lecturer, resides in the campus. “We are here round-the-clock to see if people are indulging in any immoral activities.”
Iqbal said the wait and watch department has sought more CCTVs at cross points inside the campus to maintain a vigil. “We only allow vehicles known to people inside the campus now. Vehicles without proper permission are not allowed,” exhorted Iqbal.
Located on the banks of the world famous Dal Lake on one side with wall-like Zabarwan mountain range, University of Kashmir is spread over 263 acres of land and accommodates more than 3,500 (male and female) students on its campus.
The secret cameras have already paid. “It (the camera vigil) has completely stopped gambling inside the campus. In the evening, many ruffians would enter the campus and used the seat of education for gambling.” said Iqbal.
The decision to install secret cameras has divided the student community on the campus. “We are not school-going kids. Moral policing on campus is unwarranted. If there are more cameras on the campus, it will give moral brigade a whip in their hand to crack on us,” said Shazia Khan, named changed on her request. “Now even meeting male colleagues will be an issue,” she added.
But there are many who favour moral policing on the campus. “Many immoral activities take place on the campus. Free mixing of the sexes is a problem. We need to dissuade those who indulge in illicit relations on the campus,” said Mehboob Ali, a student.
University of Kashmir chief proctor Nissar Ahmad, who has conceived and implemented the new security system, did not attend the calls made by the Hindustan Times for his comment on the issue.