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Show of strength by student bodies, counselling session choke PU roads

The panel announcement by various parties and counselling of BCom students at the law university choked roads on the Panjab University campus throughout the day on Thursday.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 25, 2014 12:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The panel announcement by various parties and counselling of BCom students at the law university choked roads on the Panjab University campus throughout the day on Thursday.

Making the situation worst for visitors and students, Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) supporters — in order to show their strength— took out processions to Student Centre in several cars, resulting in traffic mess during the afternoon.

For nearly two hours, the area around the administrative block and Gate Number 2 and three, remained chock-o-block after a convoy of NSUI supporters, in over 200 cars, left the university campus. The announcement of PUSU panel that took place at the same time that further aggravated the situation.

Also, the areas around the law department and University Institute of Legal Studies witnessed traffic chaos since morning as large number of students, along with their parents, thronged the campus for the counselling sessions. University authorities appeared helpless as visitors had parked their vehicles along both sides of roads around the arts block.

The electricity supply in girls and boys hostels on the main campus and administrative block of the PU remained affected throughout the day.


When contacted, dean student welfare, Navdeep Goyal, said student organisations had not taken any permission for holding these announcements at the Student Centre. Last week, university had made it mandatory for student bodies to take prior permission in the case they want to hold any event on the university campus.

“We are seized of the matter. Next week, a meeting would be called with all student organisations as we are not satisfied with their conduct,” he said, adding the issue of holding car rallies would also be taken up with them as it could provoke more students to hold such events on the campus.


History department student Karni Kular was appointed campus unit chairman of PUSU on Thursday. The announcement was made at the Student Centre.


The NSUI appointed Parvinder Singh as all colleges chairman; Amrit Sohi as convener; Sanjeev Sharma as in-
charge; Harvinder Singh as campus in-charge; Rishav Budhwal as general secretary; Brahmjot Singh as general secretary; Aman deep Kaur as in-charge, girls wing. The announcements were made by Gagan Brar, appointed by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee to supervise and co-ordinate the university elections in the presence of Brinder Dhillon, NSUI national co-ordinator.


The second round of counselling for admissions to BCom first-year in city colleges was underway till late
evening. For the course, there are nearly 150 seats vacant in the PU department of evening studies and in city colleges. Till filing of the report, it was not clear as to how many seats had been filled up, as students were shuffling colleges. As large number of students, along with their parents, turned up for counselling, resulting in chaos.

Meanwhile, counselling for regional centre in Hoshiarpur was also conducted at UILS for five-year integrated honours course in law. By noon, all general category (40) seats had filled up, following which, counselling for the reserved seats was held. Thursday was the last day for the counselling.


ABVP on Thursday submitted a memorandum to vice-chancellor’s office demanding that south campus of the university be provided with the wifi connectivity.

First Published: Jul 25, 2014 12:44 IST