Punjabi University Teachers Co-ordination Committee (PUTCC) has locked horns with the vice-chancellor over the election of the teachers' body.
Representatives of the committee, who met vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh on Wednesday, expressed disappointment since the latter failed to give a promise on holding elections.
Upset over the attitude of the VC, the committee issued a joint statement condemning his evasiveness on the issue of holding PUTA elections.
"We want him to notify the election date, as holding the elections is the VC's statutory duty. We feel the elections are urgently required to restore the democratic functioning in the university so that authority can be exercised in a responsible and accountable manner," read the joint statement issued by (PUTCC).
Jaswinder Singh Brar, convener, Democratic Teachers Front, Ran Singh Dhaliwal, convener, Free Thinkers' Forum, Rajesh Sharma, convener, Teachers for Intervention in Education, and Satnam Singh Sandhu, convener, Punjabi University Teachers' Front, had met the VC.
"It is a shame that at a time when authoritarian structures are crumbling all over the globe, the VC is refusing to restore the faculty's democratic rights. We ask whose interests does this refusal serve, and what are those interests?" they questioned.
The committee also demanded immediate release of the faculty's arrears of salary.
"The committee warns that the matter of arrears should not be misused by the authorities to play divisive politics to promote an authoritarian, anti-democratic agenda," they said.
The members said the VC told them during the meeting that the financial situation of the university was extremely grim. The committee demanded a comprehensive white paper on the university's financial condition "to avoid an impending disaster".
The committee warned of launching an agitation if the university failed to meet its demands.