Thursday, 02 February 2023

UGC has recently prepared ‘Guidelines on Safety of Students on and off Campuses of Higher Educational Institutions’ and a letter from the UGC secretary dated 17.4.15 requests all HEIs to implement these guidelines.

Some of the points in the guidelines include manual frisking/ frisking through metal detectors of the belongings of students/ visitors, biometric attendance in institute and hostels, fortification of the institution through, ‘a fence of spiralling barbed wires can be surmounted on the wall so that unauthorized access to the infrastructure is prevented effectively.’ Further, guidelines talks about setting up of police outposts in the campuses. These guidelines clearly smack of motive to curtail student mobility, foster moral policing in campuses and attack democratic student movement.

We would like to state that all HEIs in the Country have well established internal mechanism to deal with ‘safety’ of the students and others sections. The only way by which ‘safety’ can be ensured in our campuses is by strengthening the democratic processes within the campus. On the contrary the guidelines prepared by the UGC will act to further erode the campus democracy. We also understand that at a time when fresh round of academic reforms in the name of CBCS/RUSA are all set to destroy our Public Education, ruling class wants to curtail the students’ protests through such designs.

Central Executive Committee of Students’ Federation of India rejects the UGC guidelines and warns the ruling classes that any tampering with the democratic rights of the student community, will have to face militant actions at the ground.

Released by

Dr. V Sivadasan               Ritabrata Banerjee
President                          General Secretary