Srinagar: Schools and colleges in Srinagar that have witnessed frequent protests and clashes between students and government forces for over a month are mulling options like surveillance through CCTV cameras, fencing college walls with concertina wire and even shifting classes in their attempts to counter the unabated student protests.
Sources at Government College for Women, MA Road, told Kashmir Reader that on-campus CCTV cameras had been activated to monitor student activities on the institution’s premises as the authorities believe that a few outsiders manage to enter the property and start protests.
“The already installed CCTV cameras were activated to keep surveillance on outsiders. We believe a few people manage to enter the college premises and disrupt normal functioning. If protests continue, the college walls might also get concertina fencing to stop outsiders from entering college property,” a Women’s College official told Kashmir Reader on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
In nearby SP Higher Secondary School (SPHSS), which on April 17 became the epicentre of the protests that have spread across the Valley ever since, the administration is contemplating stream segregation as a way to counter the protests.
Following the Pulwama College incident of April 15, when government forces barged into the college and fired teargas shells and pellets, injuring more than 54 students, regular demonstrations and clashes between students and government forces have been witnessed at SP School, as also the arrest of around six of the school’s students. More than 200 students have been injured all over the Valley during subsequent clashes between students and forces.
Speaking to a Kashmir Reader, SP School principal Riyaz Ahmad Siddiqui stated that the school’s huge student body becomes impossible for the school administration to handle during agitations.
“We are experimenting to open school on class shifts. The class 11 will attend class work for three days and class 12 on alternate three days of week as it becomes too difficult for us to handle such a huge number. We have more than 2,100 students enrolled in Science, Commerce and Arts streams,” Siddiqui said.
Speaking of the situation at Government College for Women MA road, principal Shaheen Altaf told Kashmir Reader that no new cameras were installed at the college, but re-settings had been carried out as part of a regular check-up.
“Cameras had already been installed. But only a direction was changed and little settings adjustments were done to them,” she said.