Entering the campus of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) from its main gate has become a complicated and an irking process as the authorities have made it mandatory for visitors to deposit their identification cards and explain the reason of visit.
However, the visitors are not happy with the decision as they say the authorities have put restrictions on their entry but they have not been able to keep a check on the increasing number of stray dogs and beggars on the campus.
The decision has invited a lot of rage among mediapersons as well as visitors to the university as they allege that with the imposition of this new rule, behaviour of the security personnel deployed at the main gate have changed as “they ask numerous unnecessary questions for knowing the purpose of the visit with unusual rudeness”.
“We don’t condemn the decision but why to make it complicated by first depositing the identity cards at the gate and then collect it when one comes back? Why can’t they simply see the identification cards and let the visitor step in?” questions Harpreet Kaur, a visitor to the varsity.
Kaur adds, “It’s good that authorities are keeping a check on unwanted visitors but what about various stray dogs and other animals who keep on roaming around the campus. Also the unnecessary questioning at the main gate also consume a lot of our time.”
Like Kaur, many other visitors to the university echoed a similar view. When contacted, PAU estate officer JS Mahal said the practice has been started to thwart the unnecessary traffic. “This will help curbing the unwanted crowd to the varsity.
And who visits with the purpose, he may not be having any problem depositing the card,”says Mahal. However on being asked about the rising number of stray dogs and beggars on the campus, he had no words.