From Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI : The University Grants Commission has
written to all state and Central universities to
keep a strict vigil on campus and girls hostels in
to give better security to girls.
The suggestion follows the rape case in Delhi which,
the UGC said, demands better security for girls
studying in various universities. State universities
will shortly impose restrictions on male visitors to
girls’ hostels on campuses.
In a letter addressed to the vice-chancellors of all
the universities, UGC chairman Ved Prakash said,
“Recent disturbing incidents have necessitated
reviewing our efforts towards providing women
increased security and protection on our university
campuses. I request you to seriously review the
security arrangements for girls and women on our
university campuses and wherever necessary, these
arrangements may be further strengthened both in and
around the girls' hostels on the campuses. You may
consider putting in place a dedicated task force
comprising senior colleagues, which can constantly
monitor the existing arrangements and the additional
ones put into operation."
In a knee-jerk reaction most state universities
have constituted "task force" and issued orders
putting curbs on the visiting hours of the girls
hostels. In Hyderabad, for example, male visitors
can meet women students outside the gate of the
hostel only up to 7.30 pm. CCTVs will also be
installed near the women's hostels on campuses.
In Delhi, the affiliated colleges are trying to
streamline their measures to put a security cordon
round their girls hostels.
Nearly 30 per cent of students - which comes to an
estimated 19,000 - enrolling across DU colleges come
from outside Delhi and vye for just 1,000 seats
available to first-year students in campus hostels.
Other than the lucky thousand-odd students, almost
18,000 freshers have to turn elsewhere every year.
Though there is no dearth of private hostels and
paying guest (PG) accommodations in the Capital,
choosing one is a big headache for students as they
have to keep several parameters in mind such as
distance from the college, safety and their budgets,
North Campus, with its colleges located in close
proximity, offers numerous options. Jawahar Nagar
and Kamla Nagar, which are situated right in the
heart of the campus and market activity, are the
major hubs for PG accommodation - both commercial
and noncommercial - and students usually don't have
problems finding an option that suits them. Area
such as Roop Nagar and Shakti Nagar are gaining
popularity among those who prefer a residential
Hygiene, decent food, spacious rooms, wi-Fi
connections and other facilities make life much
easier as an outstation living here," said Ekta
Batra, a third year student living in a PG with a
rent of above Rs.10,000.
Students who secure admissions in South Campus
colleges have a relatively harder time. The seats in
most PG accommodations at Satya Niketan are usually
already full by July first week. Owners say they
started getting request for accommodation right from
the declaration of the first cut-off.
Girls have it easier in both North and South
Campuses. Not only they have more options but
hostels/PGs for them are mostly located closer to
the Campus. Male students have limited options,
leaving rental flats as an alternative. They share
flats in areas like Munirka and Safdarjung Enclave,
where the rents start at around Rs.20,000 per month.