The state government which opened college of fisheries with great pomp and show in 2008 at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has failed to employ a single student from two batches while the third is about to graduate.
However, it was before the admission to the state’s only fisheries college that students were made promises about ‘bright future in fisheries department of state’.
The students on Tuesday protested in front of the veterinary hospital gate of GADVASU and demanded explanation from the varsity and the state government.
They also resorted to boot polishing to show their anger towards the government. Talking to Newsline, a student from fisheries said, “Before admission, they told us that there are many vacancies in the state’s fisheries department. Till now, two batches have graduated and they all are hunting jobs. We are the third batch and will graduate in a month. There is no way visible ahead.”
Another student, talking about their meetings with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Fisheries Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, said, “The minister was not even aware if any such college exists in Punjab. Later, he was apprised of the whole situation and he gave assurances. Later, CM came to our varsity on a visit and we submitted him a memorandum. He said that a new project of fisheries is coming up near Fazilka where students will be hired. We got assured and believed him.”
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However, on May 14, the students along with their dean Asha Dhawan went to the CM’s residence at Badal village where the students alleged the CM spoke a different language. “He told us that he cannot assure job to any student. Also, he advised us to get subsidies and start our fish farming in village ponds or to start fish shops in fish market. We, especially girls, were shocked to see value of degree started by the government itself.”
GADVASU provides four-year bachelors in fisheries and two-year masters in fisheries. Till now almost 40 students have done bachelors from varsity and all are unemployed.
The students also met fisheries director B K Sood last week. “He said ‘why do you want jobs in state’s fisheries department. It is even worse than the job of a clerk’. We felt cheated,” said a student.
On Tuesday, the students alleged that the varsity called up parents of the students in the current batch and threatened them to stall degrees of their wards if they continued protest. “Teachers have called our parents to tell us to stop protest or our degrees will be put on hold,” said a student in the current batch.
Dean College of Fisheries Asha Dhawan said, “Varsity can only provide education to students, not jobs. We have presented our case to the CM for issuing posts in fisheries department.”
Minister Ranike said, “Government is facing shortage of funds for new recruitment but we have already moved the case to the finance department. As approval comes, students will be hired.”