Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) students interested in sports have a tough time pursuing their passion on the campus, as the university’s playgrounds have been languishing in filth for so long.
Several students are unable to put the playgrounds to good use due to the overgrown weeds in various pockets.
Ravinder Singh, a fifth-year student of BSc (agriculture), said, “Ever since I joined the university, the playgrounds have remained in a bad condition. Players are irked and they have complained to the authorities several times, but in vain. Weeds not only make it difficult for students to play, but also attracts snakes. It poses a risk to the safety ofstudents.”
Jaspinder Singh, a fourth-year student of BSc (biotechnology), said: “Despite being a reputed state university, PAU has failed to maintain its playgrounds. The playgrounds of other city colleges and schools are maintained well.”
Gurpanth Singh, a fifth-year student of BSc (agriculture), said weeds would be removed from the playgrounds only before sports meets or visits by VIPs.
He added: “Dustbins must be placed on the campus as some players litter on the grounds, which remains unclean for months.”
Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu, PAU Employee Union vice-president said during the tournament hosted by the union recently, the participants raised the pathetic conditions of the grounds. He added: “A team must be formed to maintain the grounds regularly.”
HT had reported this story recently but authorities have failed to address the issue. PAU’s additional director of communication Chander Mohan refused to comment while director of students’ welfare Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal was not available for comments.
What else needs attention?
The Cycling Velodrome was constructed in 1989 but has not been renovated even once.
At the state-level cycling championship held recently, players lamented that the cycling track did not meet the quality standards.
The austroturf ground at the Hockey stadium, which was constructed three years ago, is also in a state of neglect.
According to the sources, the austroturf ground was not cleaned last year and had turned muddy, thus posing the risk for injuries.