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SLIET rampage: Two-member panel to re-visit campus for second sitting on June 6

punjab Updated: May 27, 2013 22:53 IST
Navrajdeep Singh

Ater receiving a huge response from students and other public representatives during their first three-day sitting, a two-member panel of the union ministry of human resource development (HRD) will re-visit Sant Langowal Institute of Engineering and Technology.

A panel, comprising retired judge of Punjab and Haryana high court SN Aggarwal and retired bureaucrat RP Aggarwal, will sit in the deemed university, situated 15km from here, for another three days, June 6-8, to look into the detailed reasons behind the rampage by students on May 6.

Earlier, both panel members heard the grievances and recommendations of students, parents, faculty or staff members and public representatives, who willingly deposed before the committee about issues and demands of the students in detail.

Sources in the union higher education department revealed that as demanded, they had received hundreds of emails from several people, including maximum of students, wanting appointment to meet the panel.

"It would not be possible for us and for both members also to meet all the representatives in one go. For this, the ministry has decided to schedule another three-day visit," said a senior official.

"The panel members want to leave no stone unturned and to hear each and every one approaching them before compiling the inquiry report," sources said.

The panel members have not only sought information regarding the violence, but have also inquired about the role of students, faculty and outsiders in the rampage.

The inquiry committee has also sought information regarding the pending vigilance inquiries, misuse of funds, conduct of directors and their team in the past five years besides seeking suggestions on improving academic atmosphere in the institute.

On May 6, demanding resignation of director Sunil Pandey, the students had created a ruckus and set the record room, laboratories and several vehicles and rooms on fire besides damaging public property.

The university authorities estimated the damage at nearly Rs 12 crore and it might take two years to complete the renovation work.

The management had decided to close down the institute for an indefinite period to carry out renovation of the building damaged during the rampage and to recreate a congenial atmosphere for academics and to hold examinations, which had been postponed due to the unrest.

The decision to open the campus would be taken after reviewing the law and order situation on June 2.

Registrar of the university AS Dhaliwal said any person who wanted to give information to the committee on the issue could meet the inquiry committee after getting appointment through email by giving the name, contact and address at enquirycommittee@gmail.com.

"The university will soon issue a public notice in this regard so that maximum number of people can approach the panel," Dhaliwal said.