Students up in arms against PU authorities
Students protested against the decision of the university to reschedule three exams of MSc chemistry on Panjab University (PU) campus here on Monday.
The exams have been rescheduled after one of the affiliated colleges, SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, conducted them before the scheduled date as per the PU datesheet.
Students held protest outside the vice-chancellor's office and stated that they were not ready to appear for the exam, as it was not their fault.
A protesting student said: “The authorities should penalise the college instead of making students suffer.”
Adding another student said, “Even if we consider giving the exam again, we have not been given any time to prepare for the same. The authorities have no right to take such a decision.”
Students said that as per details provided by the university on their official website, the exams were to commence from May 21, 2013 to June 7, 2013. However, as per the information received by the colleges from PU's official gazette, the exams were to begin from May 22, 2013 to June 8, 2013. While all colleges conducted the exam as per the official gazette only one college conducted it as per the dates provided on the PU website.
Students rued that now, after 15 days, the university had taken a sudden decision of re-conducting the exams, which was not acceptable to them. They further added that they were not given any prior notice for the same adding that some of them had even applied for jobs and some had joined various courses for further studies due to which it was not possible for them to give the exam once again.
They added that the university authorities had assured them that they would look into the matter, but nothing has been done so far.
The protesting students were supported by student leaders from Panjab University student union (PUSU) and those from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).