Wed, 22 Jun 2011 07:42:02 GMT

Panjab University: Tracking down 'criminal' students

Chandigarh: Hit by rising incidents of campus violence, Panjab University (PU), one of the oldest varsities in the country, has taken some bold steps, including opening a webpage on trouble makers and asking new students for affidavits on their past record.

Panjab University: Tracking down 'criminal' students

The varsity has opened a webpage on its website that will contain all past details about tainted students - the type of offence, punishment and all personal details.

The heads of various departments will go through the webpage before offering admission to any among them.

"We have taken this step to curb violence inside the university campus. We have observed that there are certain students who indulge in violence and in incidents of road rage inside the campus very frequently. All details of such students will be uploaded on a separate page on the PU website," Naval Kishore, PU's dean for students' welfare (DSW), told IANS.

"Before offering admission, the head of the department will scan this webpage and, on his discretion, will decide whether to give admission to the student. Besides keeping a tab on criminal students from entering the campus, this initiative will also act as a deterrent for other students," stated Kishore.

Over 11,000 students, about 70 percent of them girls, study in around 70 research and teaching departments of PU. It is spread over 550 acres covering Sectors 14 and 25.

PU is the alma mater of many senior bureaucrats and senior politicians, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The varsity authorities have also decided to take an affidavit from all new students about their past record.

"Students will be required to submit an affidavit, within a month of admission, stating whether he has any criminal background or he has been convicted in any criminal offence.