UGC’s Circular Wants Universities to be Safe and Secure Prisons

Excerpts from the full notification here:

UGC GUIDELINES ON SAFETY OF STUDENTS ON AND OFF CAMPUSES OF HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

With this in mind, the Commission has formulated guidelines on the ways in which the campuses of HEIs can be transformed into oasis of safety, security and study.

Any physical infrastructure housing students, whether HEI or hostels, should be secured by a boundary wall of such height that it cannot be scaled over easily.

In order to further fortify it, a fence of spiraling barbed wires can be surmounted on the wall so that unauthorized access to the infrastructure is prevented effectively.

The entry points to such housing units should be restricted to three or less and they should be manned by at least three security guards, sufficiently armed, CC TV cameras, identity verification mechanism and register of unknown
entrants/visitors with their identity proofs and contact details.

At least one woman security personnel should be deployed at such entry points so that physical security check of girl students or visitor can be undertaken.

The bags and other belongings of students/visitors can also be examined, manually and/or by metal detectors, in order to secure a weapon-free and violence-free campus.

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Students and staff should be provided easily identifiable and authentic ID cards and wearing of such cards in the institutional premises must be made compulsory by administration.

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Setting up a university police station within the premises of the HEIs, wherever feasible, can go a long way in instilling a sense of security amongst students and scare amongst nuisance makers and petty criminals.

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It is mandatory for institutions to elicit consent letters from the parents/guardians of the students who are embarking on tour.

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