With associations of principals, teachers and non-teaching employees of grant-in-aid colleges of Chandigarh and Punjab boycotting university semester examinations scheduled to be held on December 15 and 19, Panjab University (PU) has postponed all examinations slated for December 15. The examinations will now be held on January 2.
A PU spokesman said the decision was taken due to unavoidable circumstances. However, the examinations of BArch, BPharma, MPharma, BE (chemical, food technology, chemical with MBA), ME (chemical), ME (food technology) and Honours School (PU campus) slated for on December 15 would be held as per schedule, he added.
The staff of seven aided colleges of Chandigarh have also decided to boycott examinations in support of their suffering colleagues in Punjab, who have not been paid their salaries for the past 18 months.
The boycott decision was taken in a meeting of the joint action committee (JAC) of principals, teachers and non-teaching employees of aided colleges held in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
The staff members were hopeful of getting their dues by Diwali but were left shocked when all government assurances went in vain. Many colleges have meanwhile run out of funds, and basic student support services were also facing closure due to fund crunch. The staff and the colleges have borrowed money to meet their essential expenses but now they have run out of all options.
Jagwant Singh, vice-president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union (PCCTU), said, “We have taken this painful decision after exercising utmost restraint but now with the staff facing extreme hardship and colleges on the verge of imminent closure, we have to intensify our struggle.”