Like every summer, long and erratic power cuts have made life miserable for around 1,000 boys residing at four hostels of Punjab Ag ricultural University (PAU).
With exam season knocking on the door, the plight of the students increases every day and becomes intolerant. The inmates inform that despite paying fee for the power supply, they have to stay without electricity for hours, not only during the day but also at night.
Several complaints regarding this issue to the varsity administration has gone in vein and the PAU authority has failed to arrange for any backup to ensure regular power supply.
The hapless inmates have resorted either to candles or to streetlights to prepare for their upcoming exams.
“With exams around the corner, every minute is vital now. Erratic power supply, especially at night, hampers our study. On top of that, this unforgiving weather only doubles our misery. It seems neither our wardens nor the estate officer is bothered to solve our issue,” said an inmate namely Nirmal Singh.
“Due to irregular power supply Directorate Students Welfare (DSW), Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal said: “I know that the hostels are facing erratic power supply. There are no generators to keep back up support. But the authorities are trying to resolve the issue.” While commenting on students being forced to study in candle light and under streetlight in hot weather, she said, “Within weeks, the issue will be resolved as we plan to install bigger transformers. We will ensure round-the-clock electricity in all the hostels.”
Estate officer, JS Mahal of PAU did not take any calls made by this correspondent.