BENGALURU: Security lapses have become a major concern at Bangalore University’s Jnana Bharati campus. Students staying in the hostels are worried that some gates at the campus stay open throughout the night.
Following the gang rape of a student on the campus in 2012, university authorities decided to close gates at some of the entrances after 9pm. But for the past one month, this has not been followed.
The gate at the entrance of National Assessment and Accreditation Council and National Law School of India University remains open throughout the night, allowing for entry of public. Students have complained of disturbances caused by public vehicles.
“As the gate is open all the time, many vehicles pass through the campus at night. It is not just disturbing, but also a serious security threat to those staying in hostels,” said Nethra, a PG student.
“Though there are beat policemen and university security personnel, vehicles continue to enter the campus as the gates are open,” said a student.
According to non-teaching staff at the university, with the gates remaining open, miscreants enter the campus freely. “Sandalwood theft incidents on the campus are increasing. Authorities concerned must increase security on the campus,” said a non-teaching staffer.
Prof Muniraju, in-charge vice-chancellor, said, “I am not aware of it. As the students of NLSIU keep coming till late in the night, we shifted the gate timings a little further. I will inform the security head to ensure that gates are shut after 9pm.”
As per the decision taken at the university, two gates — one at Nagarabhavi entrance side and another near Administrative block side — should be closed after 9pm. Entry of students and staff through these gates is restricted after 9pm.
V-C post vacant for 5 months
It’s been five months since the vice-chancellor’s post at Bangalore University has been vacant after Prof B Thimme Gowda completed his tenure in February. The file sent by the state government along with a panel of names submitted by the search committee was sent back by the Governor, seeking a fresh panel. Now, the file is with the higher education department.