On the one hand while the Student Organisation of India (SOI) announced the names of its office bearers and put forth the report card of the work done during its tenure, female members of NSUI held a protest at the student centre Tuesday.
Armed with placards, reading ‘Outsiders stay away from Panjab University’ and ‘Don’t make university Udta-PU’, the protesters claimed that the list of office bearers announced by SOI comprises mostly outsiders who violated the rules of the university. “ Majority of the students or people listed are outsiders. Moreover, the tall claims of SOI on women empowerment was just an eyewash as no girl has been inducted as an office-bearer of the party,” said Siya, an NSUI leader.
The list of office-bearers include Manpreet Aulakh as the president, Prabhjit Karmuwalia as chairman, Gurpal Mann as the party president, Karan Randhawa as the campus president, Bhavesh Ghakhar as the campus incharge, Charanjit Singh as the party incharge and Baninder Singh Dhillon as the convenor.
Speaking on the newly appointed team, SOI coordinator Parambans Singh Romanna said, “All the members of the team have worked really hard in the past one year for the welfare of the students and have been in touch with ground reality pertaining to the problems faced by the students. I can very confidently say that this is a very strong team which will lead us into another election victory.”
Giving a total account of the money or the fund that has been send by the state government, Romanna said, “A sum of 4.50 crore have been provided to the PU authorities for the various projects which had been promised by the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal.”
With the money the organisation has installed solar heater panels on the rooftop of both boys and girls hostel worth Rs 3 crore, while Rs 1.3 crore have been spent for the construction of a gymnasium hall which is currently under construction. Moreover, a cheque of Rs 8 and Rs 10 lakh has been given to the university authorities for the installment of fans in every department and automatic washing machines in girls hostels respectively.
“This is the first time that a student organisation has provided so much funds on its own without any help from the PU. I dare any party to accept our challenge of bringing the same amount of funds and reforms,” added the SOI coordinator.