Denied seats at Government Physical Education College here, two national-level players have moved on hunger strike for indefinite period on Friday here.
Navjeet Kaur is a member of the kabaddi team that won the gold medal at the 2005 National Games. She was best raider of the tournament. Paramjeet Kaur is kho-kho silver medalist.
Both have completed the Bachelor of Physical Education four-year lateral entry course from the college outside which they now camp with their parents and members of the Bharti Kisan Union (Dakaunda).
The players say that the college has denied them admissions in two-year postgraduate course even though they have permission from higher authorities in Punjabi University. Both have accused college principal Jasvir Kaur of overlooking their eligibility, saying she wanted to settle a score.
In support of their claims, they produce the letters issued from the offices of the Punjabi University vice-chancellor and dean of colleges on August 28 and September 4, respectively, which directed the college to give them seats.
The letter asked the college to send the proposal for increasing the number of seats to be able to adjust the woman players, since they had higher merit than the other admitted athletes.
“We have even deposited a late fee of `Rs 2,000 each with the university to take admission but the college principal said she couldn’t adjust us,” said Navjeet Kaur.
The players had applied well in time but delay on part of the university in declaring the results of additional papers of Punjab and English cost them the seats. The college released the final merit list on August 18 and university declared the result on August 25.
The young women then appealed to the university to give them admission. “The college principal now is creating hurdles, since we led a protest against her last year,” said Nanjeet Kaur.
In her defence, principal Jasvir Kaur said she couldn’t accept the university instructions to add two seats. “I don’t have the authority to increase seats,” she claimed, adding, “It is a professional college and only the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has the power to take a call on seats.
We will set a wrong precedent even if we propose the NCERT to increase two seats.”