Student congregations a no-no inside KU campus

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KARACHI – Any kind of student congregations on campus have been banned by the University of Karachi (KU) administration, with the decision set to be enforced from January 15 – when students return for the new academic session, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The varsity administration, in a meeting with the Rangers director-general (DG), has also decided to hand over its security affairs to Pakistan Rangers due to the prevailing law and order situation on campus, sources said.
KU high-ups have also decided to impose a ban on various educational programs which may necessitate students to congregate at one place, sources claimed.
Rangers personnel will also be deployed at student stands on campus to keep a vigil over the movement of student organizations’ workers and to stop their “unnecessary meeting” at one place. The purpose of this move is to stop activities of student organizations inside the campus to defuse tensions between various student groups, sources said.
The varsity administration requested the Rangers to take control of all entry and exit points, and to restrict the entry of unauthorized persons. The KU administration will soon issue a formal notification that it is mandatory for all willing to enter campus – students, teaching and non-teaching staff -to wear university identification cards. University guards will assist Rangers personnel at the varsity’s gates to identify students and verify their identity cards.
The meeting also decided the university management will assist Rangers personnel in ensuring the safety of life and property of students and teaching staff. The university’s own security guards would be deployed in various departments and residential areas of teaching staff to improve monitoring system of the university.
Besides, the university has decided to stop entry of private vehicles inside the campus. Only teachers and non-teaching staff vehicles would be issued fresh passes for entry, while the university would establish separate parking zone inside the campus for students’ vehicles, sources said.
On the other hand, the university management has started establishing parking zones for students near the entry gates. Work has initially begun for setting up a parking zone near the Silver Jubilee gate, and it is likely that more will be constructed in the near future.