GADVASU students plan to go on hunger strike from today

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 06, 2014 16:19 IST

A 22-year-old student of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) fainted when she was on strike with her counterparts here on Thursday.

GADVASU vice-chancellor VK Taneja pacifying students on strike in Ludhiana on Thursday.

Amardeep Kaur, a final-year student of fisheries department, was admitted to the university hospital. She was discharged from the hospital after a few hours.

“We have been struggling day and night but the university authorities, including our professors, are least bothered. We cannot forget the words of one of our professors, Meera D Ansal, who even shouted the other day at the security deployed for us, that we should not be allowed to meet anyone and we should be even deprived of water and food,” students of the fisheries department, who have been on strike for the past four days, said.

Though the students on strike, including 11 girls, have been raising their voice in various nooks of the campus, on Thursday they were spotted for hours outside the PAL auditorium located on the PAU campus.

According to sources, they wanted to meet MLK Pathak, deputy director general, Animal Sciences from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), to address their plight and their experience of meeting chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and minister of animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries, Gulzar Singh Ranike for their job enquiries.

However, when Pathak, vice-chancellor VK Taneja and the university registrar, assured the students that they would help them in meeting their demands and urged them to close the strike, students said the chief minister gave them a similar answer.

“If the state government can throw crores on Bollywood celebrities for their performances on the annual World Kabaddi Cup then why can’t it do the same for its youth who are struggling for employment,” said Khushwinderjit Singh, a student, and added that they would go on hunger strike from Friday.

Harpreet Singh, public relations director of the university, said authorities were in constant touch with the students on strike. “We are putting our best foot forward to help them. All faculty members are worried and want that they should give up strike but sadly, no student is paying heed to our words,” he said.

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