300 "prying" CCTV cameras in IIT-B classrooms, hostel common rooms

21 Feb 2017 | By Shikha Chaudhry
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300 security cameras across the IIT-Bombay campus have baffled faculty, many of whom perceive it as "prying".

Officials, who say this is only the first phase of installations, have assured only authorized persons can access the feeds.

However, a recent mail to students asked them to "refrain from… inappropriate activities", saying two students had already been penalized.

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