The aided colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Punjab University, Chandigarh, and Punjabi University, Patiala, have decided to boycott the university examinations on two days - December 15 and 19- to protest against the delay by the state government in releasing grant-in-aid.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the members of the coordination committee of the Principals' Association of non-Government Affiliated Colleges of the three universities, held on Tuesday at Lyallpur Khalsa College here.
Dr BB Sharma, a member of the committee and principal of DAV College, Jalandhar, informed that as a mark of protest against the state government, no examinations would be conducted at the affiliated colleges of the three varsities.
He added, "We took the decision to awaken the state government from its slumber and protest against the delay in releasing 95% of the grant-in-aid for the past 18 months. The semester examinations will not be conducted on these two days."
The principals said the release was delayed since June 2013, adding that it had been very difficult for colleges to survive without grants.
Dr Sarita Verma, another member of the committee and principal of BD Arya Girls College, said most of the colleges were not able to pay salaries on time.
"The careless attitude of the Punjab government is proving to be disastrous for the colleges of the state," she said.
All the members of the association and members of teaching and non-teaching staff will also join the protest.