Panaji: Goa State Infrastructure Develpment Corporation is set to float a tender to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in government-run schools.
The project will cost an estimated Rs 2.8 crore, and is expected to enhance the safety and security of students in the state. Interestingly, Goa police had also asked schools to install CCTV cameras.
GSIDC recently received a proposal from the directorate of education for the installation of CCTV cameras in 79 government-run schools, of which ten are higher secondary, 68 are high schools, and the district institution of education and training, Porvorim.
An education department official said that the decision to install CCTV cameras was taken to avoid any untoward incident in schools, and that there also exist “guidelines from the Union ministry of human resource development and Supreme Court decisions”.
A GSIDC official said they have asked the education department to give details of internet connectivity to government schools before the tender is floated. “The tender is ready, and once we get the details of connectivity, we will float it,” a senior official said. He added that the tenders would be floated on ‘rate contract’ basis by categorizing schools into two – North Goa and South Goa.
The officer said on average, around 20 CCTV cameras would be installed in every school, and will be in classrooms, laboratories, libraries and passages.
Once the tender is floated, it would take a month or so to install CCTV cameras in schools. Government sources said that this equipment would help school authorities monitor activities in the classroom. Also, that they will help schools verify allegations made by parents, students and teachers about behaviour in schools.
The passages and classrooms will have IP-based indoor IR dome camera of 1.3 MP with 30m IR, while external areas will have IP-based outdoor IR bullet cameras of 1.3 MP and with 30m IR.