No security guards in NED varsity, gatekeepers do the job

KARACHI: The security task of the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi is being taken care of its gatekeepers as the premier varsity has not a single trained and armed private security guard.

NED University of Engineering and Technology’s (NEDUET) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Afzal Haque said on Wednesday that in the prevailing security scenario, the NED University direly needs proper cooperation from the government. There is urgent need to increase security of the university in terms of increasing the strength of rangers’ personnel and private security guards, besides giving safety training to the staff, faculty members and students. He said besides increasing the strength of rangers, the presence of police is also necessary for the security of the campus.

Talking to reporter, the VC said that they have no private security guards in the University for countering terror attacks as they have only gatekeepers to do this task. He said that it is prime duty of the government to protect the universities and provide safety training to their staff, students and the faculty members enabling them to tackle such terror incidents as witnessed by the Bacha Khan University bin Charsadda. He condemned the attack and requested the government to take serious notice of poor security arrangements of his university.

The VC said he has already met with Sindh rangers’ top brass and requested them to increase the strength of rangers’ personnel at the varsity. He said the safety training of faculty members, staff and students would enable them to handle the panic situations before and after the terror attack that could also be helpful to minimize losses. He said they have presence of the rangers but it is not sufficient and as a result one gate of the varsity is manned by the rangers while the other gate by unarmed gatekeepers. He said the varsity has no armed private guards or police presence to take care of the security of its campus.

The VC said after the attack on Bacha Khan University, he called a high level meeting with university officials to beef up security measures.