As the Panjab University (PU) continues to grapple with financial constraints, members of Student Organisation of India (SOI) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidhayrthi Parishad (ABVP) said they will take up the issue with the mainstream political parties they are affiliated to.
SOI is the student wing of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), while ABVP is affiliated to the BJP.
The state government has been paying only Rs 20 crore as grant per annum to the university, which caters to 190 colleges in the state.
On the other hand, the Centre was expected to release Rs 176 crore, out of which Rs 40 crore is yet to be released from last year and the demand for extra Rs 50 crore has also not been met with.
“We are aware of the financial conditions of the university, but increasing the examination fee will not resolve the matter, as it will only provide short term relief. We will take up this matter up with Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and will seek his help,” said SOI state president Vicky Middhukhera.
The organisations have been facing criticism for not taking enough initiative in taking the matters related to pending grants.
The students said the organisations only extract political mileage from the issues and blame the university authorities in case of key issues like examination fee hike.
“The present government in power, at Centre or state, lacks vision when it comes to education. During the UPA regime, the university authorities did not face any such problem. Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal being an alumni of the university should step forward during these difficult times of the university and provide more grants to it so that they can come out of this financial crunch,” said former national coordinator, National Student Union of India Barinder Dhillon.
ABVP, which has been accused of complaining to the MHRD alleging misappropriation of funds at the PU hostels, after which the ministry froze grants in April, said they will also take up the matter.
ABVP organizational secretary Saurabh Malik said: “We have always stood by what is right. The university’s financial condition is at its worst. We will take up the matter with the MHRD and will pursue them to release the pending grants to the university to help it get out of this fiscal crisis.”