Students belonging to Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) held a protest outside the dental sciences college on Saturday, alleging that the girl student who committed suicide was under tremendous stress.
"The deceased girl was intentionally failed in examination. It has been alleged that the faculty had some personal grudges against her," vice-president, SOPU, Amninder Singh claimed. They also alleged that they were not allowed to meet the director, dental sciences college, Ashish Jain.
"The director has been trying to scuttle the issue and he threatened the students of first year and second year with dire consequences if they become part of the demonstration," Singh alleged. The SOPU leaders said if strict action was not taken against the faculty member against whom allegations of harassment have surfaced, they would launch an agitation for the ouster of the director and criminal case against the teacher.
Meanwhile, Panjab University authorities would be holding a meeting on Monday with the heads of professional institutes to form the grievances redressal-cum-counselling cells in respective institutes for students.
"Progress on the mentoring system for professional students will also be reviewed," a PU spokesman said. Meanwhile, Panjab University vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the death of Ankrita Tripathi.
Dean, student welfare, Navdeep Goyal, dental sciences director Ashish Jain and faculty members and students also paid homage to the departed soul. They were also present during the cremation.