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Varsity turns to fortress

Varsity turns to fortress
With the admission process having kicked off in Delhi University on Monday, the Delhi police and university administration have made elaborate security arrangements to thwart occurrences of unwanted incidents inside the campus. ‘The number of close circuit television [CCTV] cameras has been increased in the premises of north campus with an extra deployment of cops to enhance the vigil on activities,’ said Sindhu Pillai, Deputy commissioner of police [north].

According to her, the police would remain in touch with the DU administration day and night to assure the safety of aspirant students. Delhi traffic police have also been asked to remain active until 18 June, when the admission process would be completed.

According to the Deputy Proctor of Delhi University Manoj Arora, the proper vigil is being maintained inside the campus by the combined efforts of university security staff and Delhi police. As many as 100 members, belonging to DU internal security and some hired volunteers have been deployed inside the campus.

‘It is a joint venture with the Delhi police to maintain peace and ensure smooth admission processes in the campus,’ said Arora.


SPECIAL HELPDESK

A special help desk has been set up at Maurice Nagar police station for the students and their parents where they can directly register their complaints regarding any mishaps during admission days. Along with a male constable, a female constable would be made available at the police station day and night. Number of woman cops has been increased at the police station and their numbers could be altered with the demand, said a police officer.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Arrangements for ‘special announcements’ on speakers at various intervals have been made to alert admission seekers of touts and pickpockets. ‘No case was reported by the evening of the first day of admission,’ said Gaje Singh Dahiya, security officer of Delhi university. Such announcements are being deployed to control the traffic, he added.


SECURITY HEIGHTENED

We have deployed our security officials equipped with walk-talkie, handycam and other gadgets at Patel Chest, Khalsa College and Chatrawas Marg. These three locations may cover the whole campus. These officials on bicycles also keep vigil on suspicious activities. More than 12,000 students are likely to visit the campus during these two weeks. On the first day, there were around 10,000, but their number would increase in the coming days, Arora said.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT

In order to control the traffic movements and avoid parking hassels, Delhi police and DU administration appealed to the students and their family members to use public transport to reach the campus. ‘We have shortage of parking spaces in the campus. Though we are using the parking lots of Ramjas, Hindu and Krirorimal colleges, they are insufficient to meet the numbers of vehicles likely to come into the campus,’ said Arora. They have appealed to the city administration to increase the number of rickshaw pullers inside the campus. 
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