Pune, 26th December 2023: Following recent disputes and clashes between various student organizations at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), the varsity has implemented new procedures for student activities, programs, and agitations.
According to the university’s directive, student organizations are now required to obtain prior permission at least five days in advance for any events or activities on the premises. They must also submit a written guarantee that the university will not incur any harm during their programs.
Last month, clashes between student organizations led to tensions on the campus, resulting in marches and a subsequent curfew imposed by the police. In response to these events, the university, in collaboration with the Pune city police, held discussions with the involved organizations, leading to the formulation of new procedures.
As outlined in the university’s draft procedure, student organizations must seek permission from both the university administration and the police to organize any activities or agitations on campus. The application for prior permission must be submitted five days before the proposed event, and approval is not guaranteed. The responsibility for any inappropriate incidents during the event rests with the organizers.
The University has designated a specific space next to the Constitution Memorial (Samvidhan Smarak) for programs and activities, subject to police approval. Organizers are required to provide a copy of the permission to the university’s security department. The university emphasized that legal action will be taken against any unauthorized programs or activities that violate the rules. Additionally, organizers must submit a written guarantee that the university’s property, both immovable and movable, will remain undamaged during the events.
The finalized procedures for student organizations will be determined in consultation with the president and secretary of each organization. A meeting is scheduled for January 8 at 4 p.m. at the university to discuss these procedures further.