National Students Union of India (NSUI) violated the Panjab University order and set up help desks outside the administrative block of Panjab University on Wednesday. The students continued with the help desks for nearly three hours and did not even wind up even after the intervention of chief security officer, Jatinder Grover.
“It was done against the university’s decision. Those who indulged in violence, should have been asked to wind up the help desks. Why, people like us, who have been trying to help students seeking admission?,” said Manoj Lubana, a party leader on the campus. NSUI set up the counter at around 1:30 pm and closed it only around 4pm. Dean student welfare, Navdeep Goyal, however, said that they removed the counter soon after the administration intervened.
The help desks set up by various political parties were closed by the administration following clashes between Student Organization of India (SOI) and Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) over a student leader switching parties. Seven persons including chief security officer, Jatinder Grover had suffered injuries in the clashes on Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the university administration will hold a meeting with the student leaders to decide about further course of action against the erring student political parties. Two members from each student political group had given in writing to the administration, that they would not resort to violence.
As the varsity ordered the help desks to be closed, student applicants and their parents had a harrowing time on campus. Adding to their woes, single window system which remained crowded throughout the day, did not even have electricity supply.
“I faced a lot of difficulty in filling the admission form as there was no one to guide me. It has been tough to get information regarding the location of the departments, especially for outstation candidates,” said Sakshi Arora(21), an applicant for MA economics said adding that enquiry counters at the university were ill equipped.
Another student, Preeti (24), said that filing police cases would not help. “University should have focused on making things easier for the students. Filing cases would spoil the career of those who have been named in the FIR,” added Preeti.
SOI WORKERS ISSUING THREATS: PUSU PREZ
Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) president, Sahejpal Singh, on Wednesday said Student Organization of India (SOI) student leaders were threatening him and using clout of Akali leaders to frame him after the clash incident on campus. PUSU and SOI workers had a clashed on the PU campus on Tuesday. Seven student activists suffered injuries, including chief security officer, Jatinder Grover in the clash.
The PUSU chief said their workers were being threatened in departments by SOI workers and they had another clash with PUSU workers on Wednesday as well.
He alleged that the PU administration as well as police had not been acting against SOI workers despite their involvement in clashes.