New ‘riot control’ police units outside universities
Cairo University - YOUM7 (Archive)
By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior is seeking to form “university police” to station outside universities’ buildings to be responsible for putting down riots and violent acts, in addition to rapid intervention, informed sources told Youm7 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Council of Universities has decided Thursday to delay the beginning of the academic year to Oct. 11, which should have kicked off on Sept. 27.

The 2013 academic year had witnessed protests against the military-backed government and the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi that continuously erupted in several major universities, often leading to violent confrontations with security forces.

Regarding security inside Residence University cities, the source clarified that the names of the students who requested joining the University City were sent to security apparatuses to investigate if they were involved in violent acts during the previous academic year or not.

The source added the students who had been proven guilty would be excluded; clarifying the students will sign an endorsement indicating that they would be expelled in case they were involved in violent acts, therefore the student would not have the right to sue the university in case of expulsion.

Furthermore, the secretary general of the council Ashraf Hatem revealed to Youm7 that surveillance cameras would be installed at all universities, especially on main and electronic gates to tighten the grip.

The deputy head of Ain Shams University for student affairs Mohamed el-Husseiny told Youm7 that the numbers of administrative security personnel would reach 800 to be deployed at all faculties and university hospitals, clarifying that an additional 400 administrative security personnel will be provided with the beginning of the academic year.

Husseiny further added that two armored gates at a cost of 500,000 EGP would be installed, to confront student demonstrations which usually occur with the beginning of the academic year.

 

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY MAHMOUD RAGHEB

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