After Punjab governor and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore intervened in the matter, Panjab University (PU) vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover on Friday formed a committee to identify innocent students who may have been mistakenly arrested for the April 11 violence on the varsity campus. The committee will hold its first meeting on Saturday.
Prof Ashwani Kaul, the chief of university security and a professor in the department of biophysics, will head the committee. Dean, student welfare Prof Emanual Nahar will be the co-chairperson.
Badnore on Friday called on the V-C to apprise him (governor) of the happenings on the campus on April 11.
He sought inputs on the steps that could be initiated to attend to the concerns of students and the university.
Senior officers of PU and from the UT administration participated in the meeting convened at Raj Bhawan.
The committee has been asked to invite PU Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) president Nishant Kaushal and vice-president Avneet Kaur as special invitees for deliberations.
V-C prof Arun Kumar Grover said, “The governor has asked us to look for other options to enhance income. We submitted that this year, we are going to earn ₹10 crore, ₹18 crore next year, ₹23 crore after that.” The governor said issues relating to enhancement of internal revenues of the university, including the senate-approved tuition fee hike, could be reviewed holistically.
The V-C was advised to provide feedback to the UT administration at the earliest.
PUCSC president Nishant Kaushal said, “We met deputy superintendent of police Ram Gopal and other police officials on Friday and requested them for dropping Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) against the protesting students. Now, a committee has been formed to identify the innocent students for which we will see the April 11 footage.”