Punjab News Panel resents denial of quota to PU students


Prime VIP
Jalandhar, June 27

Resentment prevails among members of the All Backward Classes Action Committee, Punjab, against Panjab University for not providing reservation to students during admissions in all courses for the past six years.

Over 200 members of the committee from across the state held a meeting here yesterday and demanded that the university should restart giving reservations in admissions to students belonging to the Backward and the Other Backward Classes (BC and OBCs) with immediate effect.

The reservations should be on the pattern followed by other universities, they demanded. The committee threatened to hold a protest in front of the office of the PU Vice-Chancellor if the provision of reservations in admissions for the BCs and OBCs students was not restored.

Talking to The Tribune, Swaran Singh, president of the committee, said the PU had scrapped reservations for the BC and OBC categories in all academic courses in 2004.

Harbajhan Singh, president of Baba Makhan Singh Lubana Foundation, Chandigarh, said the issue was taken up with the university authorities which admitted to scrapping of reservations in admissions to the BC and OBC students. The authorities, however, failed to justify the step, he claimed.

Kehar Singh, a former president of the committee, claimed that the issue had already been taken up with the Secretary, Social Welfare, Punjab, and the PU VC. The committee was hopeful of a favourable outcome at the next meeting of the PU Syndicate, scheduled for June 29.

The committee members have also demanded 27 per cent reservation in admissions for the BC and OBC categories students in the PU as in other universities.