Staff Reporter

Varsity administration creating database of all its residents

NEW DELHI: Getting past the security on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus might just get tougher from the new academic session. Especially if you happen to drop bogus names to gain entry or happen to be a guest who has long overshot his stay.

In an effort to strengthen its security and keep unwanted elements out of the campus, JNU administration is now creating a database of all residents including students, teachers and karamcharis that will be made available to the security at the campus entrance.

This would mean that in case of doubt a guard can simply ask a visitor for details of the person they claim to know and confirm it with the help of the database that will be available to them electronically at the North Gate entry.

A major attempt at tightening security-- which has been breached quite a few times in the past couple of years -- JNU is hoping that the move will not just stop entry of outsiders who come to the campus to create trouble but also help the authorities arrive at the total number of illegal residents who are currently living on the campus under the garb of guests.

A circular has been already sent to various departments asking them to send necessary information about students and teachers in this regard. Even karamcharis will come under the scanner as part of the database, with the basic idea being to have everyone in the campus on the list.

Attack on IISc

University officials point out that since security has become an increasingly important issue, especially in the wake of the recent attack at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, it is important to ensure that outsiders don't have easy access to the residential campus.

"There are a lot of unauthorised guests who stay on in the campus well beyond the allowed time. Although we have been taking steps to strengthen security from time to time, this is yet another attempt at plugging loopholes in the system being used by many to enter the campus," said a university official.

With the security system likely to be also computerised as part of the University's plans to computerise its entire working, the new academic session will well see the check post at the North Gate well equipped.

The move, feel officials, will specially benefit women residents of the campus as the database would ensure that no one gains access to the campus simply on the basis of a person's name or random information.