With associations of principals, teachers and non-teaching employees of grant-in-aid colleges of Chandigarh and Punjab boycotting university semester examinations, Panjab University (PU) on Wednesday announced that all examinations slated for December 19 will instead be held on January 3, 2015.
PU controller of examinations Professor Parvinder Singh said the university had decided to postpone the examinations due to unavoidable circumstances.
The timings and the venue of the examinations will remain the same.
However, the examinations of BE/BE (MBA)/BE (chemical/food technology and chemical with MBA)/ME/BArch/MPharm/BSc/MSc (honours school) scheduled for December 19 would be held as per the earlier schedule and notification, Parvinder Singh said.
The staff of the seven aided colleges of Chandigarh had joined the boycott in support of their suffering colleagues in Punjab, who had not received their salaries for the last 18 months.
Kuldeep Singh, present of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), said the staff members had been hopeful of getting their dues by Diwali but became shocked when they learnt that the government had gone back on its promises.
Kuldeep Singh further said many colleges had run out of funds.
He said basic student support services were also facing the prospect of closure due to financial crunch. The staff and the colleges had borrowed heavily to meet their essential expenses but now they have run out of all options. “The authorities are completely insensitive towards teachers and students,” rued Kuldeep Singh.
Earlier, the university had postponed the examination, scheduled to be held on December 15, to January 2.
Exams on Time
The examinations of BE/BE (MBA)/BE (chemical/food technology and chemical with MBA)/ME/BArch/MPharm/BSc/MSc (honours school) scheduled for December 19 would be held as per the earlier schedule and notification