This article is not a part of any kind of propaganda movement. It just represents an opinion about something ridiculous that has never been witnessed before in any university.
Recently SEECS finally managed to get its “automated” parking system, which is part of the campus automation and access control that was promised when we shifted to this campus three years back. The parking system consists of a barrier that is operated using an RFID card. I would not like to comment on the parking system and its shortcomings but the parking policy needs to be looked in to.
As you might have seen the parking space for SEECS is very small compared to the number of vehicles and students that it has to accommodate. Moreover almost two thirds of it is occupied by faculty, rest that is available to students is now further dented by this automated system. You can’t park your car in that parking space if you don’t possess the RFID card. Now to get the RFID card you have to go through a process which can be best described by this official email that i received:
From this semester i.e. Fall 2010 SEECS has setup the automated parking system. It has been decided to allow a limited number of students to park their cars inside the SEECS parking lot with the following conditions.
- You need to first register using the Online Registration Form
https://spreadsheets.google.com/blah blah balah
- After Online Registration you have to pay Rs. 1000 (Refundable RFID Card Security) and Rs. 500 per month in Accounts Department.
- After Fee Deposit you need to submit payment slip to Mr. XXX for issuance of RFID Card. You shall get the card on the next day.
- Only first 50 students will be accommodated. Students will be served on first come first served basis.
I have been in the RFID industry for some time, although not for long but I know for sure that an RFID transponder costs no more than Rs.200. Even for the sake of argument if we consider it to be worth Rs.1000 – which is ridiculous – , what kind of university charges its students for using the parking lot?
SEECS proclaims to abolish military style rule of the administration by taking small measures which are of no value i.e. ban on ragging and giving responsibility to students, but in its core is the same biased and dictatorial mentality which is even worse than a disciplined military environment.