IF THE top authorities at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) have their way, then soon students and staffers will be seen swiping cards at the gates of the varsity to seek entry into the premises.
Constantly having to face the issue of trespassers on the 400-acre odd campus and numerous security lapses, the varsity has in the recent past taken a slew of measures to reduce ‘unwanted’ traffic on the premises.
The first move came a few weeks ago when the SPPU authorities shut down the entry of vehicular traffic from the IUCAA gate completely and restricted entry from the Joshi gate (Khadki gate) to only bona fide students and varsity staffers. While the vehicular traffic has reduced considerably on campus after this decision but the issue of trespassing remains.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Vice Chancellor Wasudeo Gade admitted that this was one of the major concerns as far as security is concerned. “The university campus is very big and we cannot keep a tab on each trespasser or vehicle that enters the campus. Hence, restricted entry is a good measure for enhancing security. So after closing the gate, we decided to introduce electronic-based security systems in the form of RFID tags. We are planning to give these tags, which will be issued to staffers and students and they will have to swipe it at the entrance to gain entry,” he said.
However when pointed out that given the sheer size of the varsity, is it possible to restrict the entry through the main gates, university staffers said that the RFID tags would come after the entry/exit points are diversified. “We will have to make multiple entry/exit points for this purpose and in current structure, it is not possible. So at present moment, we may introduce it at only one gate for only our staffers on a pilot basis,” said Retd Brigadier Sanjay Hole, director of security, SPPU.