The 25-day protest against fee hike ended at Panjab University (PU) on Thursday evening, after vice-chancellor Professor AK Grover apologised to the protesting students.
Professor Grover said that in his capacity as the VC, he accepted the responsibility for ‘not having installed the desired consultative mechanism’.
His statement read: “In my personal capacity as the VC, I accept the responsibility for not having installed the desired more inclusive consultative mechanism since assuming office… this apology be accepted in the wider context of welfare of students. Lessons need to be learnt by all concerned so that such unfortunate happenings as over the past few days are never repeated.”
The statement added: “PU sincerely regrets the unfortunate happening (s) on March 18 on campus which resulted in several students being taken into police custody. With hindsight, one reckons that that if more effective and more inclusive consultative process was in place between the student council, other student groups, the office of dean student welfare, and the teaching community at PU, one could have
avoided the run-up to these incidents.”
The VC’s statement added that that varsity will write to the police regarding the series of incident on March 18, when a verbal spat between UT cops and protesting students had turned ugly following which students were caned and arrested by police.
The VC added that the DSW will put up the proposed inputs by protesting students during the Senate meeting scheduled this month. The VC assured the students that a decision acceptable to all will be taken.
Students call off strike
Protesting students said that they had called off the strike for now, but they would not rest peacefully until their demands were finally accepted in the Senate.