Police baton charge, round up, protesting students in Faridkot college
Denied admissions to Government Brijindra College in Faridkot and unable to afford the inflated fee at private institutions, members of Punjab Student Union held a protest today, after which management called the police who baton charged the unruly youths.punjab Updated: Jul 13, 2012 23:56 IST
Denied admissions to Government Brijindra College in Faridkot and unable to afford the inflated fee at private institutions, members of Punjab Student Union held a protest on Friday, after which management called the police who baton charged the unruly youths.
The college had failed to adjust all applicants for undergraduate courses in arts, science (medical and non-medical), and commerce. The student union wanted the marks and reappear criteria relaxed.
"We have only 40 seats in science and more than 740 applicants," said principal Anil Kumar. "We cannot accommodate all."
The agitators burning an effigy of the principal triggered a heated argument with college staff. The police came in, wielded stick, and took some students into custody.
Even on way to the police station, the protesting students raised slogans against police and district administration. The student-union leaders charged the college authorities with using pretext of merit to deny seats to students. The cut-off percentage of marks for admission is 70, while last year, it was 50.
Scores of the students left out have also run out of options for further study. "We will not let that happen," said a union leader. "The protest will continue."
Principal Anil Kumar said he could not help, if some students were left out. "We have only 40 seats in the BSc agriculture course and more than 740 applications. Almost ditto in all the streams," he said. "The admission process is transparent and based on merit. We cannot admit more students than the college can hold."
In admissions, the highest score was 93% and the least 82.6%. For 600 seats of the BA course, the college has 1,400 applications. For 80 seats in commerce, the number of contenders is far more.
"The police used only mild force to control the situation," said station house officer Balwinder Singh Basi. "We have charged 13 people under Sections 107 (abetting an offence) and 151 (illegal assembly after it has been told to disperse) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)."