Following frequent incidents of violence on the campus, the Panjab University administration has barred hostellers from keeping sports items like hockey sticks and cricket bats in their rooms. Only students who have been issued cards by the sports department will be allowed to possess such items in varsity hostels.
In addition to this, students will not be permitted to keep any kind of sharp-edged weapons in their rooms and a case would be filed against any student contravening the rules.
It is important to mention that these measures are being taken in the wake of frequent incidents of violence were reported on the university campus especially during the night.
PU dean of students welfare Navdeep Goyal said nearly a dozen groups had been set up to conduct regular searches at hostels during the next one month with the aim of checking entry of outsiders. “We’ll also take the police’s assistance to conduct searches so that we are able to maintain a record of offenders,” he added. The varsity administration has also decided to prohibit students of the University Institute of Hotel Management from carrying sharp-edged kitchen items. “Whether they have brought the items themselves or these have been taken from the department, they’ll have to be deposited with the department authorities every day in the evening,” Goyal said.
Officials said even other sports enthusiasts who carry sports items with them would be expected to deposit the same with their concerned head of departments everyday. No student will be allowed to take such items to their hostels.
“If a student is found violating this rule and is found carrying hockey sticks -etc, he/she will be fined and it is still being deliberated upon as to what other action will be taken in this regard,” the DSW added.
An Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) worker suffered injuries last week in a brawl reported between ABVP and Student Organisation of India workers (SOI). A day before the incident, the students of Panjab University Studnets Union (PUSU) and SOI had pelted stones at each other.