An online poll has revealed the security concerns of students at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B).
In a survey of more than 550 students, conducted by a student newsletter, 62% respondents said they wanted security staff to have a warrant before searching their rooms. Over 85% said there should be more street lighting on campus; 73% said female students should have the right to request female security personnel in case of a situation involving the security office.
More than 84% said they expected officers to explain before asking them to disperse from a non-restricted area. However, overall only 2% said they didn’t feel safe at all on campus.
The survey was published in the student newsletter Insight, released on Thursday.
Students will present a report based on the survey results to a committee constituted to review security arrangements on campus.
“Several people seemed annoyed by late night searches conducted by the vigilance team,” said the newsletter.
UA Yajnik, dean of student affairs, said he hadn’t seen the latest newsletter but pointed out the issues involved. “Owing to the security situation in the city, the police issues various rules. Hence, the security officer needs to be sure of the identity of every person on campus,” said Yajnik. “People do get frustrated, but there are also legitimate concerns.”
He said security staff checked students’ rooms with the implicit sanction of authorities, however, there was no system of written permissions yet.
On the issue of women security, he said the institute was planning to hire women at the officer level.