Around 20 MPhil students from various courses in Panjab University (PU) staged a protest outside the office of vice-chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover on Tuesday,against the universitys decision to cancel their voting rights for the students polls.
The protesting students,majority of whom were from the Department of Punjabi,alleged the university had refused to allow them to vote this year,despite the fact that they were students of the university.
We all have our ID cards,which have been validated by the university,after we were granted an extension of three months till the completion of the course in October. Now,a day before the elections,they informed us we are not allowed to vote, said Harwinder,a student.
When contacted,Dean Student Welfare (DSW),Professor Navdeep Goyal said,MPhil is a two semester course which is supposed be completed in one year. These students had exercised their vote in the last elections.
Just because their course is not completed in the stipulated time,they cannot be allowed to exercise their vote twice. Students of one-year course in any department of the university are allowed to vote only time as a student of that course, he added.