Delhi University (DU) on Friday issued instructions to its colleges asking them not to hold any event without proper police permission and not to admit anyone without registration.
The development comes days after a fest at DU’s Miranda House was rocked by an uproar. On October 14, several men were seen scaling the walls and gates of the college to witness an open Diwa festival on the campus and indulged in “cat-calling and sexist slogans”.
“In light of the advisory received from the Police Department, the following guidelines have been issued to all colleges and departments of the University of Delhi. No event should be held without proper permission from the police or in case of emergency or lack of time, at least one day prior notice should be given to Police Station, Morris Nagar,” the university said.
“When events or celebrations are organized, only a few students of the college or faculty will be allowed to enter. Do not open to everyone. Entry is possible only after registering for the event with a college ID,” the university said.
The university has also asked the college to get necessary permission from other departments like fire and electricity.
“It is also necessary to attract volunteers for the duration of the events. Therefore, a number of volunteers may also end up in the police,” the university noted.
“In case of compliance with any of the above rules, the concerned college, department shall be fully responsible for any untoward incident occurring during any event organized by the concerned college/department,” the notification added.
Delhi University’s Miranda House also formed a sub-committee to review event procedures and introduced an emergency Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) banning open events without prior registration.
In a message dated October 17, college principal B Nanda said the college has “taken serious note” of the unprecedented incident on Friday, which was orchestrated by the college’s National Service Scheme (NSS) department.
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