Police are sensitising college managements on the need for stepping up security and in ensuring that students wear the identity cards on their person while entering the college premises.

The initiative gains significance in the wake of a 20-year-old girl student who was stabbed by a youth on Wednesday inside the CIT College premises on Avanashi Road, after the girl refused to respond to his plea for marrying him.

City Police Commissioner Amaresh Pujari said that colleges should think of having CCTVs to record proceedings.

. Peelamedu Police Inspector R. Jeevanandham said that the college management has already increased the number of security guards.

The security staff have also been asked to familiarise themselves with the faces of the students so as to distinguish between students and visitors and in the case of students they should be able to see a day scholar and hosteller.

Inquiries revealed that the accused in judicial custody was known to the girl right from childhood as both of them hailed from Dindigul and studied in the same school.

The girl had all along remained confident of keeping the boy away and had failed to inform the parents or the college management.

City Police Commissioner Amaresh Pujari said further that the incident is an eye-opener for institutions as well as the police and an initiative should be made for having counsellors at the institutions wherein students could voice their problems both personal and academics to the counsellors without any apprehension.

The police will sensitise the institutions on the need for the same.

He pointed out that students of late are apprehensive about even discussing their problems in academics with teachers and because of peer pressure or fear of shame they refuse to open up to parents or teachers when it came to personal problems.

Very rarely do they share such very personal issues with close friends.

He also stressed the need for parents and teachers getting closer/ accessible to the children/ students and enable them to open up.

Counsellors

V. Chelladurai, Principal of CIT said that the college has a system of counsellors and it would be further fine tuned with a counsellor for every 20 or 30 students.

In the event of any problem, without inhibitions the students would be sensitised on sharing the information with counsellors for initiating remedial action.

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