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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 1:06 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:06 AM (IST)

Year on, JU’s CCTV project becomes victim of red tape

Arteev Sharma

Tribune News Service

Jammu, April 20

The much-talked about project of installation of CCTVs on the University of Jammu campus has become a victim of faulty planning and red tape.

No progress has been made on the project even after the lapse of a year since the university had invited the expression of interest (EoI) for supply, installation and commissioning of Ip surveillance CCTV cameras on the campus.

What is more ironical is that the university’s security officer was not a part of the committee framed to make deliberate suggestions and complete the project.

The university had constituted a committee headed by Prof Vibhakar Mansotra, director, Centre for IT Enabled Services and Management, Jammu University, to execute the project.

The move is aimed at keeping a constant surveillance on the visitors and anti-social elements. The existing university campus spreads over 118.70 acres. The Army had also decided to hand over 16.30 acres of the state land, held by it adjoining the campus, to the university.

“Lack of proper planning and administrative red tape have attributed to the failure of the university to install CCTVs on sensitive locations on the campus. Moreover, security officer, who was supposed to be part of the committee, was ignored and not involved in the entire process for reasons best known to the officials. It is the security wing of the university which can identify and suggest the sensitive places on the campus for the installation of CCTVs,” a university official said, preferring anonymity.

A senior professor of the university said, “The decision was taken to secure foolproof security on the university campus. Besides, it will also help the security staff to keep a track on the entry of undesired elements. There is an urgent need to install CCTVs on the campus.”

Prof Satnam Kaur, Dean Students Welfare (DSW), who is a member of the committee, said they had sent a proposal to the budget and finance department of the university but no further progress took place due to certain codal formalities.

“The department has now forwarded it to the central purchase committee. We have completed our job and it is now the task of the purchase committee to decide on it,” the DSW said.

Security officer neglected

Lack of proper planning and administrative red tape have attributed to the failure of the university to install CCTVs on sensitive locations on the campus. Moreover, security officer, who was supposed to be part of the committee, was ignored and not involved in the entire process for reasons best known to the officials. —A Jammu University official

DSW refutes allegation

I am the chief security officer of the university. I always took the security officer along with me to discuss the sensitive points for the installation of CCTVs. —Prof Satnam Kaur, dean, students welfare

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