Alleging mismanagement of the Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha Library in Punjabi University, students on Thursday staged a protest in front of the library under the banner of Students Federation of India (SFI), and restricted entry to the building.
Party representative Jaspreet Sandhu alleged that in spite of repeated requests to expand the reading hall, the university authorities had failed to take any action.
"The seating capacity of the night reading room is inadequate, forcing students to sit on the ground," he said, adding that the authorities had failed to provide any facility for drinking water in the library premises, or to check mismanagement while issuing books.
Protester Jagtar Singh said that the university did not subscribe to many important magazines and journals, hampering the studies of research scholars and students preparing for competitive exams.
The students also alleged that the library authorities had imposed a ban on photocopying of books, giving excuses of copyright violation, further increasing burden on them.
Members of the University Research Scholar Association and Young Organisation of India extended support to the protesters.
Dean academic affairs Paramjit Singh and provost Nishan Singh Deol assured the protesters that their demands would be taken up with vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh, and held a meeting with the library authorities regarding resolution of the matter.