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University deserted following protests; youth festival deferred

Just fresh out of a student protest over vehicle entry that had led to suspension of classes for several days, the varsity again wore a deserted look on Wednesday after protests over recent incidents of desecration of bir were held.

punjab Updated: Oct 21, 2015 19:55 IST
HT Correspondent
Classes remained suspended with around 80% of hostellers having left for home before Dussehra day and the rest of the students taking part in the peaceful protest.
Classes remained suspended with around 80% of hostellers having left for home before Dussehra day and the rest of the students taking part in the peaceful protest. (HT Photo)

Just fresh out of a student protest over vehicle entry that had led to suspension of classes for several days, the varsity again wore a deserted look on Wednesday after protests over recent incidents of desecration of bir were held.

Later, the varsity authorities also decided to postpone the youth festival scheduled from October 29-31.

Classes remained suspended with around 80% of hostellers having left for home before Dussehra day and the rest of the students taking part in the peaceful protest.

“Most hostel students had already left the campus on Thursday due to the Dussehra holiday,” said a security official.

Later in the day, students, along with the teaching and the non-teaching staff, participated in a special prayer ceremony (Akhand path).

By the afternoon, however, the varsity management had decided to postpone its inter-zonal youth festival that was to be held later this month from October 29 to 31 on the university campus.

Director youth welfare Satish Kumar Verma said that the new dates would be notified once the situation becomes normal across the state.

Sixty colleges from different parts of state were expected to participate in the inter-zonal youth festival, which is the culmination of the two-month long circuit of cultural activities that start with zonal level competitions. The university has over 250 affiliated colleges, divided into six zones including Bhatinda, Sangrur, Mansa, Patiala, Fatehgrah Sahib and Rupnagar for the purpose of cultural events.

“This is a major event in our calendar. However, with security issues refusing to die down, we have decided to postpone the event till the situation becomes normal,” said Verma.