Incidences of the spate of robbery in the faculty residences inside the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University have taken place. These incidences have been happening since last September and these have got teachers worried. Most of the recent such theft incidences took place on New Year.
For its repeated failures, the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) has hit out at the administration and has asked the administration to take full responsibility for the matter.
Pramod Kumar, JNU Registrar, said upon contacting that the campus is very big and that there are many houses. He said that they have asked everyone that those who are leaving the houses unattended should inform the security so the vigilance can be increased. He said that they weren’t informed in these burgled houses. JNU Registrar further added that they have also asked those who have servants’ quarters to get the police verification done but they do not co-operate.
Most of the burglaries have happened in the Uttrakhand block of the campus which includes one incident at Professor Shefali Jha’s residence on January 1.
Professor Shefali Jha later informed that she was out to celebrate the new year with her family and she back home to find it burgled. It was disturbing and an FIR has been filed, she added.
JNUTA has alleged that the JNU administration had brought a private security agency in late 2019. They also claimed that half the number of personnel were employed and that too at a higher rate than what the varsity was paying earlier for the security services.
The University’s teachers’ body also said that the security firm has neither reported the action taken on the previous burglaries nor strengthened vigilance on the ground which eventually led to fresh cases of theft. They consider this as an utter failure of the agency in disbursing its responsibility in providing 24/7 security to residents on campus.
Roads inside the campus are poorly lit and this lawlessness is a proof of lack of coordination between different arms of the university administration, added JNUTA.
Termination of the current security agency, compensation to all affected residents, and a new security plan has been demanded now.