Friday, September 28, 2007

Entry into IISc won’t be EASY

Entry into IISc won’t be EASY
Institute Will Raise Compound Wall, Install Surveillance Cameras
Amit S Upadhye | TNN

Putting in layers of security without being too intrusive has been the biggest challenge for the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) post-terror attack. But the institute is taking the task step by step. It will soon have foolproof security in the campus spread over 400 acres of green cover.
Security experts from a government agency will be mapping the campus during the second week of October. Based on the recommendations, security measures will be undertaken, IISc associate director Balakrishna told the The Times of India. He is leading the high-level committee which was set up to initiate new security measures in the campus.
“We have divided our requirements into long-term and short-term necessities. The work on tighter security is under progress and will be intensified after a few months,’’ he added.
This comes after the state police writing to IISc to increase the security levels after the recent Hyderabad bomb blasts. As a first step, the periphery of the institute is being strengthened by raising the compound wall. A road along the compound wall is under construction, which will restrict entry into the campus. The security team has identified five strategic points where compound walls will be raised and over a dozen supervisorlevel officers have been appointed to assist about 250 guards.
The committee has also recommended to install surveillance cameras, alarms, biometric readers for visitors and RFIs (Radio Frequency Indicators) installation. The most important and old books in the J N Tata Library of IISc have already been equipped with RFIs to safeguard the antique treasures.
“Our prime goal is not to disturb our researcher community and tight security measures should not disturb those who work late nights and go for coffee at 2 in the morning. So we need to take up the task without harming the academic character of the institute,’’ Balakrishna explained.
Peripheral road inside the campus to regulate entry and exit. RFIs and biometric readers for visitors. Increasing number of guards and officers. Raising compound wall with barbed wire. Surveillance cameras at strategic locations. Multiple application hooters to raise alarm during emergency. Intensified night patrolling.


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