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Punjabi University V-C, others held ‘hostage’ by students in midnight protest

Punjab News Express 2018-10-09 12:19:00

Protesting students are demanding round-the-clock hostel entry for girls; were angry after authorities informed parents of some girls leading the stir.
Punjab News Express
PATIALA: High drama was witnessed at Punjabi University, Patiala, on Sunday night after students demanding round-the-clock hostel entry for girls barged into the varsity guest house and allegedly held vice-chancellor Prof BS Ghuman and other senior officials hostage for nearly three five hours till 3am.

DEMANDING ROUND-THE-CLOCK HOSTEL ENTRY FOR GIRLS, STUDENTS GOT ANGRY AFTER PARENTS OF SOME GIRLS CALLED BY VARSITY OFFICIALS

The

students

, who have been protesting over the issue for nearly three weeks, went to the guest house where V-C Ghuman, dean (academic affairs) Prof GS Batra, registrar MS Nijjan and others were holding a meeting at around 9:30pm.

The

students

were angry after the varsity authorities made phone calls to the parents of some girls who are part of the protest. Girl

students

are not allowed entry into their

hostel

s after 8pm.

The

students

had heated argument with the officials and a girl even manhandled

university

provost Nishan Singh Deol for pushing one of the protesters while escorting the V-C to his vehicle. After the

students

refused to budge, Prof Ghuman sat with them on the floor trying to convince them, but to no avail.

A pandemonium-like situation prevailed when he tried to leave. Some of the

students

started lying on the ground not allowing his vehicle to move.

“This is no way of holding a protest. We are their teachers, not enemies. When the officials are listening to their demands patiently, why the

students

are hell bent upon disturbing law and order on the campus,” said a professor.

Prof Ghuman said they have informed the parents of the

students

who are violating rules and regulations by not entering their

hostel

s before the stipulated time.

“Being the custodian of

students

, we simply informed their parents and did not say anything wrong about them,” he said.

Gagandeep Kaur, secretary, Democratic Student Organisation, said, “Holding a protest is our right and the

university

has no right to inform our parents. The

hostel

wardens conveyed objectionable things to our parents about us. We demand a written apology from the authorities,” she said.

Early Monday morning, the protesting

students

even locked the V-C’s office, restricting the entry of officials or employees. The office remained closed through the day. The heads of all departments held an emergency meeting and condemned the

students

’ behaviour.

Dean (academic affairs) GS Batra said they have agreed to all demands of the protesting

students

, barring opening

hostel

s round the clock.