The district administrations here directed the educational institutions to follow the security guidelines issued by the Punjab government to avoid any untoward incident in the wake of prevailing threats, saying that strict action would be taken against those found defying the guidelines.

A meeting of the representatives of the administration, police, and schools, colleges and universities was held. The meeting apprised the educators of the security policy and instructions of the Punjab government in this regard. The educational institutions have been categorised into A+, A and B category keeping in view the security concerns.

They have been directed that the boundary walls of the educational institutions be raised up to 8 feet with the fencing of razor wire and single entry/exit gate be used besides installation of barrier at entry and exit gate.  Moreover, arrangements of walk through gates, metal detectors and mirror device be made for physical search and checking of vehicles,” they asked.  

“Ensure zigzag entry into premises through placement of concrete barrier and deployment of trained guards. Install installation of the CCTV cameras with at least 15 days back-up with provision of generators/UPS. Set up control rooms for the monitoring and coordination with law enforcement and rescue agencies. Display important telephone numbers of emergency services departments and district and police administrations in the classrooms and the offices of principals and staff. Verify the credentials of all the security guards and staff from the special branch of police,” the district coordination officer directed them.

He also stressed for making scouts and guides active to check the security measures in their respective schools. He said that the vehicles plying between schools, colleges and universities were also needed to be properly monitored from security point of view. Vehicles be parked at reasonable distance from the institutions besides scanning the vehicle through security devices before boarding the students at the time of coming to and departure from the institutions, he said.

The city police officer said that a comprehensive security strategy had been evolved for the protection of educational institutions and policemen would also be deployed on the rooftops of A+-category institutions besides rising the patrolling of elite force. Dr Suhail Tajak said that the most advanced technology would be used in case of any emergency as the rescue services would be provided through click on single button of android cellphone and this application would be installed in the android phones of educational institutions.

The CPO said that proper training was being arranged for the security guards of the educational institutions for their capacity building. He advised the representatives to carry out mock exercise within their premises for sensitising the students to security measures. He asked them to nominate focal persons of each educational institution with regard to security affairs for keeping close liaison with law enforcement agencies.

Likewise, the Sialkot district administration officials inspected the security measures made by all the government and private colleges. A meeting in the district was attended by Director Colleges Gujranwala Division Ghulam Sarwar Sipra and Deputy Director Colleges Sialkot Malik Shamas as well as the principals of 22 government colleges. It was held at Govt Postgraduate College for Women Daska. The meeting was told that the foolproof security measures had been adopted by all the government and private colleges in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils.

In Noorpur Thal, DDO Samina Iqbal told the media at her office that special attention was being paid to improve security of the educational institutions. She said that the construction of boundary walls will complete till January 15, 2015. She further said that the administrations of all the schools had been directed to hire security guards and pay them from Faroogh-e-Taleem Fund.

Similarly, the Khanewal district officer also issued security plan for the month of Rabiul Awal processions, religious gatherings and Mahafils. The DCO will strictly monitor security of Eid Miladun Nabi (SAW) processions, gatherings an mahafils , security of religious figures and scholars. The administration will keep a vigilant eye on the activities of anti-social elements.