While students of the College of Agricultural Engineering of Punjab Agricultural University on Tuesday boycotted classes protesting against the action taken against three students for allegedly sleeping in the open on the campus till 5 in the morning,Vice-chancellor B S Dhillon said he is ready to re-consider the decision provided some conditions are fulfilled by the students.
On July 21,three students Dilpreet Singh,Harpreet Singh and Jashandeep Singh were allegedly found sleeping in the open till 5 am in the morning. The Vice-Chancellor cancelled admission of Harpreet and Jashandeep to masters degree and suspended Dilpreet,the last year student of BTech.
While university sources said that the students were drunk and were lying in a sub-conscious state near the College of Veterinary Sciences,the students claimed they were not drunk. Harpreet Singh,one of the trio,told Ludhiana Newsline,We were coming from Barnala,but we got late in reaching the university as our car broke down midway. When we finally reached hostel around 11.30 pm,we were not given hostel rooms. Then we just sat on the campus and started chatting. We never misbehaved and till 4.30 am we just kept talking. Maybe because we were tired,we lay down there only. But we were not drunk. Our whole life will be spoiled as we have been told that our admission to MTech has been cancelled while Dilpreet who has already completed three years and is in the last year of BTech will suffer too, he added.
However,the V-C said Dilpreet was already on conduct probation and next step is only suspension which he has been served with.
It was really very embarrassing for the varsity when morning walkers called me and mailed me photographs of these students lying in the lawn till 5 in the morning. I had very cordial meetings with their parents and I told Dilpreets father that he was already on conduct probation but still he did not pay heed, the V-C said. I am ready to re-consider my decision,but only after the three of them submit their written explanations with signatures of parents and accept that they were at fault. We too are worried for students future but when indiscipline crosses a limit,action has to be taken.