Security is the buzzword these days at University of Pune (UoP). While a probe into the murder of guard on campus in May 2012 has produced no results so far, the varsity is gearing up to take concrete measures in order to ensure close every visitor entering the 411-acre campus is kept under close watch.
A specially appointed security committee has come up with an extensive plan to strengthen all the entry points with the help of advanced technology, to minimise human interface.
In a varsity management council meeting held on Tuesday, the security committee’s chairperson Dr Arunkumar Walunj gave a detailed presentation on the proposed plan to widen the main gate and internal roads with setting up of automated boom barriers.
“Currently the width of main gate at UoP is 7 metres. After renovation, it will be 21 metres. Subsequently, both the internal roads will be widened up to 30 metres and eight dedicated lanes would be built for vehicles as well as pedestrians,” Walunj said.
The three-member panel has been working on the blueprint for the past six months with the help of varsity’s estate and security departments.
“All visitors would be monitored through the automated system, as it would become mandatory for everyone to produce radio-frequency identification (RFID) cards to pass through the boom barricades.
We will issue these cards to all employees, students and other stakeholders at the institute. Other visitors would be issued passes after their ID cards have been scanned,” Walunj added.
When contacted, UoP Registrar Dr Narendra Kadu said, “Walunj has given a detailed presentation about revamp of main gate, widening of internal roads and intensification of security in the campus. The matter is in the preliminary stages, and if management council approves further points like budgetary provision would be fixed.”
“While making a presentation we have taken into consideration minute details like how the proposed system of automated boom barricades would not irritate daily commuters, by keeping the passing-time to a minimum.
According to plans, there would be a total of 8 lanes, of which four would be reserved for UoP stakeholders. In the morning rush hours, one vehicle would pass through in 10 seconds,” an official from the committee said.
“After the implementation of the proposed plan, the varsity’s dedicated surveillance system would have details of how many visitors entered the campus were still inside,” Walunj added.
UoP has three entry gates, and according to plans all of them would be equipped with the new system.