Condemning various incidents of violence on the campus of Panjab University in recent days, seven student organisations on Sunday collectively proposed that the entry of four-wheelers should be banned till the student elections are over.
The suggestion was made by the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Student For Society (SFS), Ambedkar Student’s Association (ASA), Indian National Student Organisation (INSO), Haryana Student Association (HSA), Youth Welfare Association (YUWA) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) at a joint press conference.
“We are against violence on the campus, and we call upon the university authorities to curb it. One measure is to ban the entry of four-wheelers till the elections are over,” said Prabhpreet Singh, president of the SFI.
He added, “Every day, rods, hockey sticks, liquor bottles are being seized from cars during checking at the main gates. These are the things which are used as weapons to commit acts of violence. So, if the university can ban cars, it will check the entry of such weapons.”
The leaders of the seven organisations said the university could arrange more buses for plying within the campus. At present, only two buses operate under its shuttle service. “The frequency of buses can be increased to ensure free movement of students on the campus,” said ASA president Vijay Kumar.
However, the proposal came under criticism by representatives of the Students Organisation of India (SOI), Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), and Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), which joined the press conference later.
They said such a proposal could not be made by a few student bodies, and the opinion of students needed to be taken before taking a decision.
“The university should rather focus on banning the entry of outsiders than banning four-wheelers,” said SOI leader Bubblepreet Singh.
Dean of Student Welfare Professor Navdeep Goyal said that the proposal could be considered only after it was found feasible. “It is a big decision, and all groups need to be taken into confidence before it is implemented. Moreover, we have to see if it is feasible,” he said.
The final call on the issue will be taken on Tuesday, when PU officials will hold a meeting with representatives of student organisations.