AT LEAST 100 members of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) members and College students Group of India (SOI) Monday held a protest dharna in Panjab College demanding fast withdrawal of the report of the Excessive-Degree Committee on governance reforms together with the peace of mind that no school affiliated with the varsity will likely be disaffiliated from it.
In addition they demanded fast elections to the Senate and Syndicate which have now been on maintain for greater than 9 months on the pretext of the pandemic.
The youth activists additionally demanded an endeavor from the Vice Chancellor Raj Kumar which states that the territorial jurisdiction of the College won’t be rewritten and that the elective and democratic character of the Senate and Syndicate won’t be tinkered with. Whereas submitting a memorandum to the V-C, the protesting college students identified that “PU is not a central varsity and the charge of Chancellor of the varsity was given to the Vice President as an interim order,” including that “this charge should be transferred back to the Punjab Governor.”
In view of Monday’s protest, gate number one of Panjab College, which has remained closed for a number of months now, was opened. Police pressure in massive numbers was additionally deployed within the premises.
The activists additionally held an enormous dharna in entrance of the Vice-Chancellor’s workplace holding placards stating ‘Save Panjab University’ and raised slogans of ‘Punjab naal dhakka band karo.’
The protest was led by Parambans Singh Romana, YAD President; Bhim Waraich, SOI patron; Robin Brar, SOI President, and Chetan Chaudhary, PU College students Council President.
“The Vice-Chancellor is working as per the BJP-RSS agenda to change the curriculum after making the Senate and Syndicate redundant as per the ideology of RSS to influence the minds of the youth,” alleged Parambans Romana, whereas addressing the scholars and interesting to them to unite to defeat this “diabolic conspiracy.”
He additionally questioned the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Occasion (AAP) for being silent on a problem.
He additionally introduced that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal would lead the combat to make sure that the college’s character just isn’t modified to swimsuit anyone’s pursuits. Romana urged all opinion makers together with writers and singers in addition to NRIs to unite to make sure the historical past of the ‘pirs’ and ‘gurus’ of Punjab was not rewritten. “We cannot afford to be silent”, he stated including Punjabis won’t forgive anybody who didn’t rise as much as proper this improper in opposition to the complete neighborhood.
Stating that the V-C was working as per a plan, the YAD chief stated, “Immediately after his appointment, the VC installed RSS workers on all top posts in the varsity. Since the Senate and Syndicate were coming in the way of changing the academic curriculum, elections to both bodies were not held after the end of their terms.”
Concurrently, an 11-member high-level committee was constituted to safe suggestions as per the dictates of the RSS foyer, added Romana. “This committee did not include a single member from the Senate or the Syndicate and has gone on to recommend limiting the territorial jurisdiction of the University to the municipal limits of Mohali. This means the University wants to disaffiliate 200 colleges situated in Muktsar, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Hoshiarpur and Moga districts,” he stated.
Stating that the Committee had additionally beneficial changing elected our bodies of the Senate and Syndicate with dummies, he stated, “Under the new proposal the Senate, which comprises 15 members elected from the registered graduates’ constituency, will be whittled down to four members all of whom will be nominated by the V-C. Similarly in case of the Syndicate, which is the highest decision-making body of the University, the new proposals aim to reduce the strength from 18 to 13 which includes ten nominated members and three ex-officio members. Presently all 18 members of the Senate are elected.”
Threatening to accentuate their agitation, the protestors have given PU authorities per week’s time to evaluate their calls for and withdraw the committee’s discover. “If our demands are not adhered to, we will gherao V-C residence and not let him move out. Today we had only gathered from Chandigarh but if the demands are not met with, we will call youths from across Punjab and have no doubts, that they will come,” stated Romana speaking to The Indian Specific.
Covid norms, together with carrying of masks and social distancing, have been give a miss throughout on the protest website.