Technical Institutes in Haryana to install CCTV camras

Nov 24, 2017 17:55 | Haryana

Chandigarh, Nov 24 – Technical Institutes in Haryana will have to install CCTV cameras at all important spots, to constitute Parents-teachers-students committee, ensure Police verification and psychometric evaluation of all its employees, introduce emergency notification system and get done the security and safety audit of the premises and the employees.

          While stating this here today, a spokesman of Technical Education Department said that these and other guidelines concerning safety and security measures had been issued to all the technical institutes. 

          He said that all the institutes, whether  government or private, would have to mandatorily install CCTV cameras at all important spots such as rest rooms, entry gates, boundary walls, all the corridors and the staircases, library , auditorium, computer lab, entrance of class rooms, entrance of washrooms, etc. The CCTV cameras must be functional at all times along with provision of adequate recording and storage capacity for 45 days. Timely supervision of the working of CCTV cameras must be done by a dedicated team.

          He said that the entry and exit point of the Institutions should be well guarded by the security personnel as well as under the surveillance of CCTV cameras. A Movement Register should be maintained by the Security Personnel maintaining the record of every entry and exit in it. The entry and exit in the institute should be logged clearly with the purpose of visit and their in and out times specified.

He said that all institute would have to constitute Parents- teachers- students committee to address the safety needs of the students and to take regular feedback from the parents. The institutes should strike to promote the better understanding amongst their teachers and staff on the laws protecting the safety, security and interests of the students and advice means to take immediate remedies action against such violation. Care must be taken that such consequences and actions do not cross the line by way of giving very harsh punishment that may cause physical and mental damage to health of students.

The Police verification and psychometric evaluation of all the employees may be done very carefully and in the detailed manner. Certification be sent to the Technical Education Department biannually.  The institutes also ensure that outsourcing staff is employed only from authorized agency, which has a good and clean record. A proper record of these employees is to be maintained. Besides, they also ensure that the students follow the Standard Operating Procedures and prescribed safety norms while performing the practical in the laboratory and workshops. Important telephone number of the nearby Health and the Police Department should be available and displayed in the workshops and labs.

He said that every person of the premises should have a valid Identity Card or valid visitor pass. Detailed record of all staff members should be maintained in the institute. Institutes should get the Security and Safety Audit done of the premises and of their employees (Teaching/ Nonteaching and other personnel's employed in the institutes through an outsourcing agency) from Respective Police Station. High emphasis should be laid upon to ensure that the students are not exposed to physical, chemical, biological, mechanical and psychosocial hazards in the institute as well as in hostel.

In order to ensure that Institute management and faculty receives timely, accurate and useful information in the events of significant emergency or dangerous situation in campus or in the local area that poses an immediate threat to the health and safety of students and staff, some emergency notification system through which emergency message can be sent via email, mobile, Whatsapp, text message etc. within minutes of the occurrence of an incident should be introduced. 

He said that safe environment to work and to study is of paramount importance for successful academic functioning, therefore, the Principals, Head of the Institutions and the Management is responsible for ensuring proper and adequate safety and security of the students. The onus and the responsibility of providing the security and safety to the students as well as other employees lies with the authority of the Institute.

Appropriate safety and standard measures during the educational tours, study tours, field visits, industrial visits and excursion etc should be ensured to prevent any untoward incidents. Similarly, it would be the responsibility of the Principal or Head or Management to get the antecedents and character, duly verified, of all Drivers, Conductors, Helpers, Attendants, SWeepers, Gardeners and other staff from the Police Department.

All the Technical Institutes are required to establish the mechanism for Grievance Redressal. Further, the technical institutes are also required to establish Internal Complaint Committee as per section 4 All India Council for Technical Education (Gender Sensitization, Prevention and Prohibition of Sexual Harassment of Women Employees and Students and Redressal of Grievances in Technical Institutions) Regulations, 2016. The details of the said Committees along with contact details of the committee members should be displayed prominently on the Notice Board of the institute and also on the intuitional website for information of all stakeholders.