The decision of the Panjab University (PU) authorities to decline hostel accommodation to students with four-wheelers hasn't gone down well with the student community.
The students say if varsity authorities don't want four-wheelers on the campus, the ban should be for all, including the vehicles of teachers. Also, the varsity should provide some alternate mode of commuting on the campus, the students say.
The PU authorities had taken this decision with an aim to decongest campus. But, there are slim chances that the 'ban' would be a success since there is no way to ascertain whether a student owns a vehicle or not. The hostellers can't park their four-wheelers on the hostel premises, but no one stops them from parking the vehicles on roadside outside the hostel.
Also, the varsity authorities have given permission to senior students to retain their four-wheelers in the hostels, which further make the decision look more wired for it is a known fact that most of vehicles in hostels belong to seniors.
Commenting on the issue dean student welfare (DSW) AS Ahluwalia said, “We are holding a meeting on this issue with the student leaders on July 29 to derive a consensus. There has been a demand that even the teachers should not be allowed cars and we are positively looking into this. The bus shuttle service is being upgraded and we are further appealing to the teaches to opt for the bus shuttle service. As of now, no ban has been imposed and it is only after the July 29 meeting that a final decision on the matter would be taken.”
This is not feasible. If not on the hostel premises, the varsity should earmark areas where hostellers can park their vehicles.
Amritpal Sohi, human rights and duties department
If the four-wheelers of the hostellers are banned then the four-wheelers of teachers should also be banned. Rules should be the same for all.
Lovepreet Singh Vehniwal, social work department
The authorities should make proper arrangement for parking outside the campus and come out with a option for mobility within the campus.
Satnam Singh, social work department
There should be a blanket ban on four-wheelers on the campus irrespective of who own them. This will help decongest the campus and bring down pollution.
Davinder Singh, social work department
'Seniors can park in hostel parking'
Activists of the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) on Monday met dean student welfare of Panjab University, AS Ahluwalia, with regard to parking facilities for hostellers. Ahulwalia reportedly gave permission to the senior students to park their four-wheelers in the parking of the hostel they stay in.