Continuing WITH the series of pre-election protests at Panjab University (PU), members of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) raised an issue against the guest faculty members in various departments of PU on Tuesday. Protesting outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office on the PU campus, the members of ABVP claimed that many permanent professors and teachers of the university take classes for other departments as guest faculty members, and charge extra fees for the same.
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According to Arshnoor Singh, president of ABVP, “As per the norms of the University Grants Commission (UGC), permanent faculty members cannot charge extra money for the classes they take as guest faculty members. We are protesting against this undue advantage that the professors are taking due to their positions.” The members argued that due to this, a number of eligible guest faculty candidates were being denied employment as guest teachers at the
“We want this practice to stop, and we are demanding that deserving research scholars be given the chance to serve as guest faculty members instead. This will help them in getting the much-needed teaching experience,” a senior member of ABVP said.
Meanwhile, Abhishek Guleria from the Students’ Organisation of India (SOI) continued his indefinite hunger strike for the second day, demanding that college authorities lower the promotion credits for MSc to 85 per cent. He is also demanding the setting up of a canteen at the BMS Department in PU, which was shifted to the Sector 25 campus recently.
On Tuesday, another student member of SOI, Karan Randhawa, joined the hunger strike. “Dean Students Welfare (DSW) Professor Navdeep Goyal came to listen to our demands, but no immediate action has been taken so far. The authorities have not being paying heed to these demands for months now, but this time, we won’t stop until some serious action is taken,” Guleria said.
Student council elections are going to be held at PU in the upcoming 6-7 weeks. Election dates have, however, not been declared by the PU authorities yet.