Vikash Sharma

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued draft guidelines for ensuring basic facilities and amenities for a safe, secure environment for women students in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs).

The UGC has developed the guidelines in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2O2O.

The higher education regulator has sought comments/suggestions from all stakeholders on the draft "Guidelines for Basic facilities and amenities for safe, secure environment for Women and Women Cell (for sensitization, policy implementation, monitoring and grievance redressal).

Earlier, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities and colleges to implement syllabus of Cyber Security course at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level. 

Draft Guidelines

Professional counseling services should be available on the campus to address the psychological and emotional concerns of the students.

College/university administration to make their campuses better equipped and safer for women would strengthen women’s participation in institutions of higher learning.

Colleges/ universities should ensure easy access to basic sanitation and hygiene facilities for women such as clean, well maintained and fully functioning separate restrooms equipped with 24 hours tap water supply, soap, covered dustbins, sanitary pad disposal bins and vending machines.

There should be no dark stretches anywhere on the campus. The campus and the adjoining areas should be well-lit. The sports and other playgrounds and public parks should have flood lights.

A sufficient number of female security guards should be hired from credible security firms.

The administration should organize self-defense classes/ training camps for female students and employees on a regular basis.

For other details regarding the draft guidelines, visit the official UGC website or click HERE