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LU: PAC?s fixed address

LUCKNOW UNIVERSITY does not seem to practise what it preaches. The varsity administration has often said it wants PAC jawans out of the campus. But, now, LU officials are making their stay comfortable. So much so, that the varsity has constructed five lavatories and three toilets for them to ensure that departmental toilets are spared by the security men. This is despite the fact that the varsity does not have an adequate number of toilets for its 35,000 students.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 00:57 IST

LUCKNOW UNIVERSITY does not seem to practise what it preaches. The varsity administration has often said it wants PAC jawans out of the campus.
But, now, LU officials are making their stay comfortable.

So much so, that the varsity has constructed five lavatories and three toilets for them to ensure that departmental toilets are spared by the security men.
This is despite the fact that the varsity does not have an adequate number of toilets for its 35,000 students. But, it is evidently concerned about problems faced by PAC jawans camping in front of lawns of Physics and Chemistry departments.

Officials say that the LU has not spent much on these low-cost toilets.
When Pro vice-chancellor RS Yadav was asked as to why the varsity was not able to rid the campus of PAC men, he said: “Efforts were made many times, but did not yield good results. There are some other complications. There are occasions when we require police help for maintenance of law and order on the campus. And if we put pressure on PAC men to leave, there is a possibility that police may not help us when we require their support.”

PAC personnel have been camping at the LU for quite some time. Till date, very few efforts have been made to get them to leave the campus. Soon after taking over charge, vice-chancellor Prof RP Singh had said at his first Press conference that there was no place for police on the campus.

But, even he made no effort to get the PAC removed and they continue to stay in tents in different parts of the campus.

Proctor VD Mishra said about two companies of the PAC were putting up here.
The LU has reportedly spent about Rs 1 lakh on constructing toilets and lavatories for the PAC.

Yadav said that the amount was not so high and described them as low-cost toilets. He argued that if the varsity had not made any arrangements, the PAC jawans would have used toilets of the various departments and left them dirty.

Whatever the official arguments, faculty members and students of the physics and chemistry departments are not happy with the PAC camping right in front of their department. The security men hang their clothes in the direction of the department, which looks very shabby. “Also, trucks and buses are always parked on roads leading to our department,” said a visibly piqued postgraduate student.

Earlier, LU had allocated space to them near a hostel. But, it did not produce the desired results. While staying there, these PAC jawans befriended hostel inmates and it resulted in more problems for the varsity administration.
Thereafter, LU allocated vacant land to land near Malviya Hall. Last year, the varsity asked them to camp near Physics and Chemistry departments.