Hundreds of students and teachers of Punjabi University organised a candle march on Wednesday evening against the decision of Delhi University (DU) to ban Punjabi language as a subject in its affiliated colleges from this academic session. Students have demanded the language should be made compulsory in DU-affiliated colleges.
Under the new norms, Punjabi language will be taught as a minor subject and that too from the second year of graduation.
Punjab Students' Union president Beant Singh said that delegation of writers, students and Punjabi teachers were already organizing a dharna in DU under the banner 'Punjab Sanjhiwalta Jatha'.
He alleged that thought the state government had made tall claims to promote Punjabi, but had failed to take up matter with either Delhi government or university authorities or with human resource and development ministry.
"It is not issue concerned with one or two students. Punjabi will soon become a defunct language in Delhi's prime colleges. The government should at least take up matter with concerned authorities," he said.
"The decision is also an assault on the students who want to learn and take Punjabi in their graduation."