Students of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) are a distressed lot. Even while stray dogs continue to run amok on these campuses, authorities turn a blind eye to the problem.
The two campuses, like the city, have seen a manifold rise in stray dog population. It is not uncommon to find stray dogs lounging on cafeteria chairs and tables, ambling into classrooms and labs and even sitting on beds in hostels. Despite repeated entreaties, authorities have so far failed to address the issue.
"We see a litter of puppies every other day on some part of the campus. Both GADVASU and PAU have been grappling with the problem. It has become a nuisance," said Akashdeep Singh Beniwal, a final-year student of Masters in Dairy Technology at GADVASU.
Dogs even enter hostel kitchens, causing hygiene concerns.
"I have seen dogs saunter into the kitchen and lick wasted food off plates," said Avtar Singh of GADVASU who is pursuing MSc in Dairy Economics said, "Students continue to live in the fear of getting ambushed by a stray pack. Winters are especially dreaded: students say stray dogs enter hostels, even rooms, in search of warmth."
"If dogs attack or bite somebody, who is to be held responsible?" said Avaljit Singh Gill and Ujwal Jalali, both students of Bachelors of Technology in Agricultural Engineering at PAU.
Director students' welfare of both varsities could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
Stray dog menace a bee in MC's bonnet
The city has been grappling with a steep rise in stray canine population over the past few years. Municipal Corporation's last survey, conducted in 2009, pegged the city's stray canine population at 25,000.
Nearly 10-15 cases of dig bites are routinely reported at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital. Since the past three years, the civic body has been dragging its feet over the setting up of a centre for sterilising dog. The civic body has also proposed to rope in an NGO for the project, estimated to cost Rs 2 crore.