The Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) on Wednesday expressed concern over frequent protests, violence and disruption of teaching activity by various student organisations on the campus.
Rajat Sandhir, PUTA president, said the self-styled students often entered into heated verbal altercations with teachers and chairpersons of the departments. “Even senior faculty and woman colleagues are targeted and misbehaved. The teachers on the campus are extremely worried about the growing levels of intrusion of these student leaders in day-to-day functioning of the university,” Sandhir said.
He, however, supported the demand of some student groups to declare PU vehicle-free till the student council elections were over.Sandhir said despite suffering indignities at the hands of these leaders, the teachers as senior stake holders had shown restraint. “We would like to reiterate that we are here to promote healthy teacher-taught relationship and we will not allow the academic environment to be vitiated at any cost,” he said, adding that the university should evolve mechanism to promptly address the grievances of teachers who were bullied by students.
PUTA demanded the authorities to take strict disciplinary action against those students who caused indiscipline on the university campus.