Hunger strike by two national-level sportswomen, after being denied admission at the Government Physical Education College here,entered fourth day on Monday as talks between the agitators and Punjabi University management failed.
The district administration and police have been trying to convince them to call off their strike, but to no avail.
Navjeet is a member of the kabaddi team which won the gold medal at the 2005 National Games. She was adjudged best raider of the tournament. Paramjeet is a kho-kho silver medallist.
Both of them have completed their bachelors in physical education, a four-year course at the college, and are seeking admissions to the two-year post-graduate programme.
Accompanied by parents, members of Bharti Kisan Union (Dakaunda) and students' organisations, the players have been camping in front of the college premises for the past four days.
The girls alleged that the college principal Jasvir Kaur denied them admission in spite of permission from higher officials of the Punjabi University.
University dean (colleges) and vice-chancellor directed the college to admit both girls as they had scored higher than students selected for the course.
Though they had applied for the course well within time, delay by the university in declaring the results of additional papers of Punjab and English cost them the seats.
The college released the final merit list on August 18 while the university declared results on August 25.
Dean (colleges) Jamsheed Ali Khan said they had written to the college management asking them to admit the students by creating two additional seats.
"We had a meeting with the authorities on Monday. We have decided to hold another meeting on Tuesday morning to solve the issue amicably and accommodate both girls, at the earliest," said Khan.