Students of Ranchi University may soon be compelled to wear uniforms and ID cards as university officials attempt to screen out troublemakers who hang around campus and harass them.
As cases of harassment increase, officials are contemplating the move to ensure only enrolled students enter the campus. The issue has gotten to the point that some student unions have demanded police pickets to ensure their safety.
Almost all colleges in the city have uniforms for the students of professional courses such as BBA and BCA, but it is not mandatory for students of general courses such as BA, BCom and BSc.
Doranda College, which has reportedly been witnessing a rise in such cases on campus, has already announced the changes, officials said.
“From Friday, students who are not in uniform will not be allowed within the campus. They will also have to show their ID cards during entry in college,” said principal of Doranda College, BS Tiwari, adding that the changes were a necessity to check irregularities.
“A few more colleges are planning to make uniforms mandatory for all students to combat the entry of unwanted outsiders. They were suggested the same a couple of months ago,” said M Raziuddin, pro-vice chancellor of Ranchi University.
A BA second year student from Doranda College, who was dressed in a pair of denims, said that she was teased by a few local youths on campus.
“They used to pass vulgar remarks whenever I entered or left the college campus. I was so scared that I stopped wearing jeans after a few encounters with them,” she said.
Such cases of harassment by outsiders have been a common problem for students not only in Jharkhand but across the country, claim student unions.
In some Jharkhand colleges, outsiders have such a strong influence that students are afraid to even report them, said Atal Pandey of Jharkhand’s Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
“Recently, our representatives were threatened by local goons at Doranda College. They are not students… most of them are jobless youths entering colleges to create nuisance and tease girls,” Pandey said.
While Raziuddin acknowledges it will be impossible to restrict entry to students only, he says the uniform will help keep a check to a certain extent.
“Any unwanted person caught in any illegal act within the campus would be dealt with utmost strictness and handed over to the police for legal actions,” he added.
S Ali, president of Jharkhand Chhatra Sangh alleged that similar problems were on the rise in Marwari College, where outsiders have been caught passing vulgar remarks on girl students on many occasions. He alleged that in many cases, these troublemakers are on good terms with college staff as they run a back-door admissions operation in college.