A month after the university scrapped the practice of allowing students to live in hostels on guest charges following protests by a student body, another group have demanded that the university revive the practice. Panjab University Student Union protested outside vice-chancellor AK Grover’s office on Tuesday to demand that the university withdraw its earlier decision.
Earlier, PU would allow candidates on its waiting list to live in hostels on charges higher than that levied on hostellers. However, following a hunger strike by Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) against the facility, the university decided to do away with the system citing misuse by student leaders.
On Tuesday, PUSU claimed that the rival party’s demands were politically motivated.
“Their demand was politically motivated. The facility of guest accommodation should be provided at the earliest to candidates who have been waitlisted. This has caused an inconvenience to many,” said PUSU president Sahejpal Singh.
Soon after PU announced that it would hold elections, several student bodies have held protests on the campus over various issues.
Several of these protests had drawn flak, even from student bodies themselves, for being ‘publicity stunts’, done only to claim brownie points.