The ongoing spat between students and Panjab University over the issue of taking MPhil and PhD entrance tests in Punjabi and Hindi took an ugly turn on Monday after students forcibly jumped over the gates to meet the vice-chancellor. Taking a strong exception to the act, the university administration has sent a report to the police.
The university also accused the students of assaulting security officials on duty and trying to damage the gates.
The incident occurred at 12.30pm, when members of the Students’ Federation of India allegedly assembled outside the vice-chancellor’s office gate and entered into a spat with security officials.
While students demanded that they should be allowed to go inside to meet the V-C and submit their memorandum, security of ficials insisted on seeking per mission from senior university officials before allowing them to enter.
After the security staff closed the gates, five students jumped over both the gates.
“Panjab University (PU) administration has taken serious view of the trespassing. A preliminary report has been sent to the Chandigarh police to investigate the issue and file a daily diary report in the case,” said the PU spokesman.
On the other hand, SFI claimed that only four students wanted to go inside.
“We climbed gates after security officials did not allow us to go inside. Our exams are underway: we could not have waited very long. They tried to stop us from going inside, which led the spat,” said Ramanpreet Singh, a student leader.
Later, the Student Organisation of India (SOI) also submitted a memorandum on the entrance exam issue to the vice chancellor’s office.
PU dean, student welf are (DSW) Navdeep Goyal has asked students to not to adopt criminal or anti social methods to attract the attention of the media to their problems. “University administration has always been open to talks and negotiations. Students should not fall prey to anti social elements and must not do anything which may jeopardise their careers or give a bad name to the institution,” he said.
Last week, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Avtar Singh Makkar had written to vice-president and university chancellor Mohammad Hamid Ansari seeking his intervention in the issue.
In his letter, Singh said that the university’s refusal to conduct the test in Punjabi may jeopardise the future of thousands of students who have pursued their education in Punjabi and wish to seek admission to the university’s courses.