Aided colleges of three universities in the state on Monday boycotted the semester examination as a mark of protest against the Punjab government’s move of not releasing grant-in-aid.
The joint coordination committee of non-government affiliated colleges employees of Guru Nank Dev University, Amritsar; Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Punjabi University, Patiala, gathered at the Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall in the morning to boycott the examination scheduled to be held on Monday.
The aided colleges have announced to hold protest on December 15 and 19 after which the universities postponed both the examination.
BB Sharma, member of the Coordination Committee of Principals’ Associations of Non-Government Affiliated Colleges of GNDU, PU and Punjabi University said, “As a mark of protest against the state government no examination was conducted today at all the affiliated colleges of the universities.”
“The step was taken due to not releasing 95% of the grant-in-aid to colleges for the last 18 months in the state,” he added.
Tejinder Virli, another member of the committee, said the agitation would continue even on the new dates issued for the examination if the state government did not release the grants.
Sarita Verma, principal, BD Arya Girls College, said majority of the colleges have not been able to pay the entire salaries. “The careless attitude of the Punjab government is proving to be disastrous.”
The members took out a rally against the state government to the Jalandhar Press Club.
They said the teaching and non- teaching staff of colleges and universities across the state have not received their salaries for over a year.
Virli said, “If there is no positive response from the government, we will chalk out further course of action tomorrow for the next protesting day on December 19.”
GNDU examination scheduled for Monday and December 19 have been postponed to January 6 and 8.
Sarika, a student of BA third semester, said they were glad that their examination was postponed as they would get extra time for preparations.