Aided colleges of Guru Nank Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, and Punjabi University, Patiala, on Wednesday decided that they would continue to boycott the semester examination as a mark of protest against the state government's move of not releasing grant-in-aid.
The joint coordination committee of non-government affiliated colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh has decided to hold a state-level rally in Amritsar to boycott the exam scheduled to be held on Friday.
The decision was taken by the members of the committee, including principals, teaching and non-teaching staff, during a meeting held at DAV College here on Wednesday.
The meeting was started by observing a two-minute silence to pay homage to the brutally killed schoolchildren by terrorist outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan at Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Earlier on Monday, higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra released a grant of Rs 31.92 crore for the 92 private-aided colleges of the state for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013-14.
The members of the committee expressed their dissatisfaction over the release of grants meant for payment of salaries.
BB Sharma, member of member of the Coordination Committee of Principals' Associations of Non-Government Affiliated Colleges of GNDU, PU and Punjabi University, said it was decided that the ongoing agitation would be be intensified.
"The members of the joint coordination committee have decided to hold a massive rally at Company Bagh in Amritsar on Friday. The districts across Punjab and Chandigarh will hold gate rallies after observing cease work to highlight the anti-education policies of the state government," Sharma said.
He said to declare the further course of action, a press conference would be held in Chandigarh on December 22.
Sharma said MLAs and MPs of the state would also be apprised of hardships being faced by the colleges due to unwanted delay in the release of grants.