DU colleges asked to install surveillance systems

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After the recent Radhika Tanwar incident that has given rise to a massive outrage, the Delhi University (DU) has recommended all colleges and hostels under it to install electronic surveillance systems such as closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in their premises to increase security for students. The move by DU comes after the Delhi Police had issued an advisory for colleges to install CCTV cameras in their premises. DU Proctor H.P. Singh said, “The Delhi Police had sent us an advisory for installing surveillance systems three weeks ago. We have already sent letters to colleges as well as hostels in the North Campus to install surveillance cameras. Letters are also being dispatched to colleges in the South Campus.” He further added that the installation of the surveillance systems would be a good step in ensuring the safety of students as it would prevent untoward incidents from happening and also help in investigations. The university has also said that it is ready to provide monetary assistance to hostels and colleges to help them in setting up the system. DU has also asked colleges to avail funds from OBC infrastructure grants for installing the systems. Singh said that if some colleges have exhausted their infrastructure funds, they can send the university proposals requesting financial assistance. These colleges would then be helped on a case-to-case basis. The university will also be assisting the hostels as they don't get OBC infrastructure funds. Principals of various colleges said that they have already begun taking action in compliance with the Delhi Police's advisory. Hansraj College Principal V.K. Kawatra said that the college's campus, canteen and other open areas already had cameras for some time and CCTV cameras in other places would be installed within a month. Principal Pratibha Jolly of Miranda House said that they had already installed CCTV cameras at the canteen and entry-exit gates at the insistence of students after 26/11. “We have received the advisory and will enhance the scope of installing surveillance cameras in more areas of the college,” she said.

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