Around 1,500 to 2,000 students had a harrowing time, when they waited for hours in long queues at the PSEB depot at Punjabi Bhawan to submit their compartment forms, in the tough weather condition making them sizzle at around 44 degrees Celsius. Many students were even disappointed, as they could not submit their forms on the last day.
On one hand, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has made online provisions to declare results of board classes, providing some relief to students, on the other hand students, who got compartment in various examinations had to make a beeline outside the depot to submit their compartment forms in such sweltering conditions.
A large number of students from different villages were seen at Punjabi Bhawan, the Punjab School Education Board depot since morning, waiting anxiously for their turn.
Observing heavy rush, the PSEB officials demanded police force and around 100 police personnel, including black commandos were also deputed on the spot.
Students started arriving at Punjabi Bhawan with their family members from 7am and PSEB depot officials started taking forms from 9am onwards without having respite for a single minute.
PSEB depot in charge, Anil Sharma, however, had installed two tents, but due to heavy rush, they were insufficient to help all those present. Some girls even fainted on the spot.
The students demanded that the PSEB should make provision for submission of compartment forms online. They demanded that more counters should have been provided, as there were just three counters for females and others for male candidates.
They further rued that if the board cannot make online provisions, then they should at least provide proper arrangements and sufficient workforce for the purpose. The students said that there were no arrangements, as to make people aware about how to fill the form and guide them.
A Class 10 student Jaswinder Singh from Baddowal village said, "I had visited the PSEB depot with a friend two years ago, when I was in Class 8. He had to submit his compartment form, but had to visit the place for three consecutive days as only few students were able to fill their forms due to shortage of staff."
"Now, I have again come to submit my compartment form after two years, but can hardly see any difference in the situation. The staff and the problem is still the same."
"I hope the PSEB makes provision for online submission of compartment examinations for the convenience of students and the staff," he added.
Other students, including Harnek Singh, Bunty Sharma, who were also standing in the queue, reiterated the same thing.
Those candidates, especially girls, who were accompanied by their parents were left harried as they could not fill their forms.
Ruing behavior of the staff at the PSEB depot, Sarabjit Singh, who accompanied his daughter from Delon village said, "I am standing in the queue with my daughter since afternoon and in the evening before my turn they stopped taking the forms. They should have extended the time at least on the last day."