By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 25: The students of Gauhati University, especially girls, are lulled into a false sense of security by the administration. The ked truth, however, is that their security is at stake. And it is glaringly visible that the vast campus of the university is still left unfenced.
Talking to this reporter, the university’s Postgraduate Students’ Union (PGSU) president Sanjib Talukdar and general secretary Matiur Rahman said: “The contract for fencing (close campus) of the university campus was given to the PWD. However, the pace of the work is as slow as mollasses. The contractor is working at his own will. Even after four years the work is far from over.”
The two students’ leaders further said: “The library of the university has the facility to read 24 hours. However, since it is unfenced, going for such a move is certainly a misadventure. Reading for longer hours in the university library is a non-happening, only for security reasons.”
The girls’ hostels, the PGSU leaders said, is not safe either. “The evening entry time in the hostel is 7.15 pm. This affects the students in their studies. Had the campus been fenced, girl students could have read in the library till 12 midnight,” they said, and added: “The library is yet to digitized. This has been our long-standing demand.” The officials manning the administration department of the University are in the habit of working in a sil’s pace. “For a simple work a student has to run after them for weeks. This practice affects the students in their studies,” they said, and added: “We’ve met the vice chancellor of the university recently on the fencing work with a memorandum. After that the fencing work has resumed, but yet to pick up pace. We appeal to the authority to complete the fencing work as fast as possible so as to ensure security of the students.” The two gates of the University – one in the Jalukbari end and the other in the Satmile end – are still to be erected. “Isn’t lax security?” They two student leaders questioned.