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CCTV cameras yet to be installed in AU campus

Andhra University officials failed to install CCTV cameras on the campus and hostel premises though the academic year is coming to an end.

Published: 06th February 2017 02:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th February 2017 04:45 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra University officials failed to install CCTV cameras on the campus and hostel premises though the academic year is coming to an end. The recent implementation of bio-metric system for faculty also failed to work at some departments.
With about 5,000 students in both girls and boys hostels, no hostel is under CCTV surveillance yet. While non-boarders in boys hostels have a field day who stay in the hostels preparing for various competitive examinations even after completing studies in the university. Women’s hostel near Maharanipeta which is secured with restricted timings for the students, has always groups of people loitering outside the hostel building.

“There has been a delay in installing the CCTV cameras. We are planning to get 100 CCTV cameras for the campus and hostels at a cost of `10 lakh by the end of this academic session,” said registrar V Uma Maheswara Rao. “The CCTV surveillance will be connected to the computer department, also bio-metric system will be made compulsory at the hostel mess.
It will facilitate identification of    non-boarders,” he added.

Meanwhile. though the administration has introduced bio-metric system in all the departments with a cost of `4 lakh, they failed to work due to technical snags. According to the officials, there is a link failure between the server and the machine. New machines will be procured which would be run on trial basis at one department to clear the issue.
Asked, an inmate of AU Women’s Hostel at Maharinapeta said: “There is always security within the hostel, with daily checks by the warden. But after many incidents in recent times, we feel insecure when moving out of the campus alone, because we see many unknown persons loitering outside the building, which would have been solved if there is a CCTV camera at the entrance. 



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