VC of university in Lucknow asks women employees not to stay in their offices on campus beyond 6pm

VCof university in Lucknow asks women employees not to stay in their offices on campus beyond 6pm

LUCKNOW,July5: The vice-chancellor (VC) of a central university in Lucknow has asked women employees, including faculty members, not to stay in their offices on campus beyond 6pm.

R C Sobti, the VC of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), issued the order (a copy of which is with TOI ) on Monday, and said it was aimed at ensuring the safety of women employees.

According to the order, women employees will have to seek the VC’s permission should they want to stay in their offices beyond 6pm.

“In recent times, there have been a number of untoward incidents, and it is to avoid such episodes that the vice-chancellor has asked women employees not to stay in office beyond 6pm,” university spokesperson Govind Pandey said. He added that the heads of all the departments have been told to inform the authorities in advance if any girl student is scheduled to work in the laboratories beyond 6 pm.

The order was criticised by the university’s women employees as an attempt to restrict their freedom. “Is this the kind of freedom given to women at work? Is the university trying to shut out women in the name of security?” asked an officer requesting anonymity. She also questioned why, then, had the university reportedly spent Rs 1 crore on installing CCTV cameras on the premises to ensure maximum security.

Some staff members said it would hinder work. “The university has two doctors, one male and one female, who do the night shift, which begins after 8pm, on rotation basis. The order means the woman officer cannot report for her night shift… won’t that hamper healthcare services?” an employee assed.

Another faculty member said the university had a scholar’s room, open till 11pm, where students were allowed regardless of gender. The curfew is 8pm even for girl hostelers.

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