CCTV cameras in govt PU colleges mandatory

CCTV cameras in govt PU colleges mandatory

With regard to instructions by Department of PU Education, it is now compulsory for PU Colleges to install CCTV camera’s at their campuses. Also, the department has been directed to undertake several other security measures — setting up women’s committee in women’s PU Colleges and deployment of security staff.

PU Education Department Director issued a circular in May-end, towards arrangement of security measures in PU colleges, in order to prevent sexual assault on girl students.
At the instance of any untoward incident in the college, the college head has to immediately inform nearby police station, the circular said adding that it has come to the notice of the department that some colleges have registered the complaint, after a delay. Women committee should be formed in every college and meetings should be conducted regularly to address the problems of girl students, the circular said.

Also, it is essential to hire security guards through a registered agency and the guards should be changed once in three months.

Visitors’ log book should be strictly maintained and the Sub-inspectors of the police stations in the purview of the college should check the security measures in the colleges. Awareness should be created among girl students not to share their personal details on social network sites.

Dakshina Kannada Pre-University Education Board Deputy Director Thimmappa, speaking to Deccan Herald said that there are 179 PU Colleges in the district, of which, 126 are private and 53 are government colleges. Almost all private PU colleges have already been equipped with CCTV cameras while only  two or three government PU colleges in the district have installed the same.

By July, every government colleges are ought to be equipped with the CCTV camera facility, he added.

DK district Government PU College Principals Association President Jagannathdas Bhandary said a meeting will be called by the association to study the requirement of funds towards security measures, especially towards the recruitment of security guards.
Permission by the directorate is required for the utilisation of accumulated funds in government PU colleges and several colleges do not even have this fund.

A meeting by the Deputy Director of PU Education department is also expected to be conducted by the end of this month and the related issues will be discussed, Bhandary said and added that requests will be made to the PU education department to solve the problem of fund crunch in government PU Colleges.

Government PU College for Women, Balmatta, Mangaluru, Principal P P Joseph said that the college has drawn an estimate towards the cost of installation of CCTV cameras and the proposal will be sent to the department of PU Education. The requirement of funds towards the installation and maintenance of the CCTV cameras may vary from college to college.

For instance, Balmatta women’s PU college runs in an old building and there are many verandahs. Hence, the requirement of  the CCTV cameras will be more. There is an estimate that the college would need 16 CCTV cameras for the surveillance. But, the release of funds also depends upon the strength of the students, he said.

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