Barely a week after eight bullets were fired in a parking lot on Panjab University campus on April 9, the university has decided to impose curbs on the entry of cars of outsiders on the campus from April 18.
Panjab University vice-chancellor AK Grover has approved the recommendations of a committee headed by the registrar in this regard. It has been decided that entry of four-wheelers by visitors be restricted to gate number 1 and 2. Visitors will be asked to park their vehicles at designated areas provided near these gates.
“Only vehicles with stickers or temporary passes, which can be obtained after verification at the gate would be allowed. A camp will be held to issue stickers to all teaching and non-teaching staff,” said a PU statement.
Visitors wanting to meet employees in the residential area have to use gate number 3 only. Those visiting the State Bank of India, the Post Office, University School of Open Learning, health centre and market complex, have to use gate number 2 only.
Col GS Chadha (retd), PU registrar, said, “We are going to implement the ban from April 18. The stickers have already been issued and those who don’t have it could take it from the camp which will be organised soon.”
To implement the outsiders’ vehicle ban, barricades will be set up near administrative block, vice-chancellor’s office, herbal garden and teaching departments so that the vehicles entering the campus without stickers or necessary passes are restricted. The barricades would also be set up near the swimming pool and girls’ hostels of the university.
Security to be centralised
The security of entire campus will be centralised and security guard staff from departments will be withdrawn. In effect, all security personnel of the university would be put under the central control to ensure that duties of security persons should be changed on rotational, as per the need and threat perception basis. The university would write to the Chandigarh administration to depute adequate police personnel at the police post set up in south campus to man the opening on the boundary wall of girls’ hostel number 9.
In view of the shortage of security personnel, the requirement given to the Punjab Ex-Servicemen Corporation (PESCO) can be reviewed. In case of the official to maintain CCTV cameras, it would be ensured the person should be properly trained.