University also plans to install high-resolution CCTV cameras at all entry points of the campus.
Keepng in view the increased need for security personnel on the campus,particularly during cultural programmes and VIP visits,Panjab University (PU) has sanctioned 80 new posts of security guards. At present,as many as 325 security guards are stationed at all the 65 departments,three gates of the university,Administrative Block,hostels,health centres and other offices.
In addition to increasing incidents of campus violence,the University Security Office has also been facing difficulties in maintaining 24-hour security in the university effectively with the existing strength of the staff.
During VIP visits and other functions where outsiders are invited,we need to deploy many of our securitymen. Many times they have to work overtime, chief security officer P K Dhawan told Chandigarh Newsline.
The shortage has been triggered due to the deployment of some of the staff on new south campus (Sector 25). It has two major departments as well as new hostels. We need to beef up security to keep tabs on criminal activities, Dhawan added.
The security guards will be hired on a contractual basis. The board of finance had announced nearly 30 per cent increase in budget of security services.
Further,to keep a vigil on all entry points of the university,the authorities have also planned to install high-resolution closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras from the new academic session.
Officials say the resolution of the cameras that are already in place is not sufficient to record registration numbers of vehicles or capture clear images at night.
Last month,high drama was witnessed at the Student Centre due to a clash between members of Student Organisation of Punjab University (SOPU) and Panjab University Student Union (PUSU).
During a blood donation camp organised by PUSU at the Student Centre,about 10 members of PUSU and SOPU entered into a heated argument which led to a scuffle between the two sides. The clash ended after the intervention of the police.
A few months ago,a group of miscreants had taken away valuables from a car by breaking its rear windshield glass in one of the parking lots on the campus.