Safety a pri­or­ity, will step up process to ap­point women as se­cu­rity guards

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - NATION -

Prof Roy­ana Singh, who be­came the first woman chief proc­tor of Ba­naras Hindu Univer­sity (BHU) on Thurs­day, has a tough task ahead. She has to in­stil con­fi­dence among the girls of the var­sity, who were vic­tims of po­lice lathi-charge last Satur­day that was fol­lowed by vi­o­lence on the cam­pus. She is a pro­fes­sor at the in­sti­tute of med­i­cal sci­ences (IMSBHU) where she has been a stu­dent too. She has worked in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties at the var­sity. Sud­hir Ku­mar speaks to the univer­sity’s new chief proc­tor:

What is your plan to en­hance se­cu­rity of girls?

All sen­si­tive lo­ca­tions have been iden­ti­fied. Lights and se­cu­rity ar­range­ments are be­ing in­creased at these spots. Be­sides, in­stal­la­tion of CCTV cam­eras at 65 lo­ca­tions on the var­sity premises is al­ready in progress. We are tak­ing sev­eral other steps to en­hance se­cu­rity fur­ther.

Have you chalked out any spe­cific se­cu­rity plan?

BHU has its own se­cu­rity plan. Un­der the plan, only ex-ser­vice­men are ap­pointed as se­cu­rity guards. I will fo­cus on ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the plan. With sup­port and guid­ance of se­nior pro­fes­sors and the vice-chan­cel­lor, we will for­tify se­cu­rity to new heights.

Will you ac­cel­er­ate ef­forts to get women se­cu­rity guards ap­pointed at the var­sity?

Yes. The univer­sity is mak­ing ef­forts to ap­point fe­male se­cu­rity guards in a sys­tem­atic way. I will make what­ever ef­forts I can to speed up the process to ap­point women se­cu­rity guards. The vice chan­cel­lor has is­sued or­ders to take sup­port of se­nior stu­dents of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion in se­cu­rity un­der earn-whileyou-learn scheme. We will also do that. We are ded­i­cated to en­sure proper se­cu­rity to each and ev­ery girl stu­dent.

It has been seen that usu­ally male stu­dents in­dulge in fights and cre­ate trou­ble. How will you con­trol such stu­dents?

I ap­peal to all the stu­dents to keep their iden­tity cards with them all the time since I am go­ing to make sur­prise checks. This will help us in a great way in keep­ing things in or­der. Di­a­logue is a best way to sort out the prob­lems. We will en­hance di­a­logue with the stu­dents.

How will you con­trol move­ment of out­siders on the cam­pus?

As you know, tem­ple and hos­pi­tal are on the var­sity premises. The peo­ple come and go. The ex­ter­nal traf­fic can’t be stopped. Rules of var­sity can be ap­plied only on univer­sity stu­dents and em­ploy­ees. We will chalk out a com­plete plan to con­trol ex­ter­nal el­e­ments. Af­ter that, we will re­quest dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion to help us.

Is there any plan to re­strict traf­fic move­ment on roads close to girls hos­tels?

Yes. We are go­ing to im­ple­ment it in Triveni com­plex area very soon. Af­ter cer­tain hours, only em­ploy­ees and those liv­ing in the area will be al­lowed for come and go on the ba­sis of iden­tity cards. Women safety has al­ways been a pri­or­ity of BHU and will re­main for­ever.

Will your ap­point­ment strengthen women griev­ance cell fur­ther?

It func­tions in a ded­i­cated man­ner ever since it was con­sti­tuted in 2013. The en­tire com­mit­tee is ded­i­cated for the safety and se­cu­rity of fe­males of the BHU. “We care for you” is the motto of the cell wherein help (on 8004922000 or wgcbhu@gmail.com) is avail­able 365 days..”

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