Car racing at PU: 2 students allowed to take annual exams

Committee yet to meet to determine the damage.

Written by Baninder Rahi | Chandigarh | Published: April 23, 2013 2:16:15 am

Committee yet to meet to determine the damage.

Taking note of the car racing incident on the campus on April 16,the Panjab University authorities had formed a committee to determine the amount of damage caused. However,the committee is yet to meet even once. The reason: the committee has not got the details of the damage they had asked from the department concerned.

On Monday,however,the two students who were suspended on April 17 “till further orders” were allowed to appear in their annual examinations.

“The parents of both the students have apologised in writing about the incident and taken responsibility of the act as well. Keeping in view the career of the students,authorities decided to partially revoke their suspension,” said DSW A S Ahluwalia.

On April 16,the two students — Amiteshwar of third year who was driving an Innova car and Gurvir Mahal of second year who was driving a Honda Civic — were trying to outrace each other on the road leading from the varsity gate number one to the administration block. But Gurvir lost control of her car. After hitting an electricity pole and flower pots,her car entered the herbal garden opposite the administration block,and landed in the dry pond. A motorist got injured in the incident.

On April 17,Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover had called a meeting wherein these two students were suspended and a four-member committee under Dean Students Welfare (Women) Kalpna Mahajan was constituted to impose penalty on the students for damaging the property of the varsity. The other committee members were Prof Dinesh of Laws department,Prof Yog Raj Angrish of Punjabi department and Dr Nandita of Education department.

“I have asked the committee to meet at the earliest so that we can decide the matter as soon as possible,” said Prof Dinesh.

Asked why the committee had not held even a single meeting,Mahajan said,“We have written to the executive engineer’s office,seeking details of the loss they had caused to the varsity. Whenever we get the details,we will hold a meeting.”

However,a senior professor,requesting anonymity,said the executive engineer’s office did not need that long a time to calculate the loss to the property. “It seems that they are tactfully delaying the matter,” he added.

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