Educational institutes struggle for balance between students,security

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Mar 2017 10:54:33

By Ankita Garg,

Educational institutes in Madhya Pradesh have struggled with finding balance between academics, supporting staffs, student activists and safety issues. Higher education institutes, including Barkatullah University, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) and few other private institutions, often witnessed dispute among students which later changed into big issue. MANIT is trying to make the campus free from motorised vehicle for past three years while BU management is struggling with security tender. Barkatullah University has witnessed several incidents in which students fought for personal reasons and outsiders came in campus to beat up the students. The university made several planning to equip cameras in all departments, deployment of security guards, warden checking in hostel but all seems to be in vain.

For past two years several incidents have been reported from university campus in which role of security guards was criticised. On April 2016, two groups of students clashed in campus and allegedly tried to abduct the girl students. However university management assured to bring the campus under CCTV surveillance but the proposal of camera installation in campus is pending for years.

During January 2013, an eve-teasing cases was reported from campus in which girl students of Physics Department were eve teased by students of Barkatullah University Institute Technology (BUIT). In response, then Registrar B Bharati was handed over with responsibility of campus security. After a few days he was transferred to other place and security issue was put in cold bags. Besides, ragging cases have been also reported from BU hostels. UGC helpline received several ragging complaints from BU hostels.

MANIT is struggling to keep motorised vehicle of students out of campus for past three years. “We have warned students to keep their vehicle out of campus and wrote to the RTO department for lifting vehicles of students. Wardens and security guards have been asked to keep vigil in hostels,” said N Patidar, Council Warden, MANIT.

Several notices have been delivered and warning has been given to the hostellers and day scholars to park their vehicle out of campus. Recently, a civil engineering student Abhay Anand died of drowning in pond during party with friends. The incident raises questions on security provision of MANIT. However, institute management again warned students to stop their private parties, alcoholic beverages and keep their vehicle out of campus. MANIT has witnessed several accident cases of students in which died or received major injuries after driving under alcoholic influence.

Apart from this, MANIT has witnessed several ragging issues of fist year students. UGC helpline received number of raging complaint from MANIT hostel. Although institute management tried to tighten the noose of hostellers by equipping camera installation, security guards and warden but incidents are being reported on regular basis.