Punjabi University V-C, others held ‘hostage’ by students in midnight protest
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
, 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.
were angry after the varsity authorities made phone calls to the parents of some girls who are part of the protest. Girlstudents
are not allowed entry into theirhostel
s after 8pm.
had heated argument with the officials and a girl even manhandleduniversity
provost Nishan Singh Deol for pushing one of the protesters while escorting the V-C to his vehicle. After thestudents
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 thestudents
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 thestudents
are hell bent upon disturbing law and order on the campus,” said a professor.
Prof Ghuman said they have informed the parents of thestudents
who are violating rules and regulations by not entering theirhostel
s before the stipulated time.
“Being the custodian ofstudents
, 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 theuniversity
has no right to inform our parents. Thehostel
wardens conveyed objectionable things to our parents about us. We demand a written apology from the authorities,” she said.
Early Monday morning, the protestingstudents
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 thestudents
Dean (academic affairs) GS Batra said they have agreed to all demands of the protestingstudents
, barring openinghostel
s round the clock.