Chandigarh,23Apr: Today on the 17th day of the Chain Fast at the call given by Joint Action Committee, constituted of teachers, students and technical staff, five persons sat on the fast. There were three teachers, Prof. M.S. Dalal, Dr Dalwinder Singh, both from the department of Physical Education, Dr Asha Maudgil, Department of Philosophy and two students, Sukhwinder Singh, Physical Education and Ravi Kant Garg, from the Pharmacy department who sat for the chain fast.
In the meanwhile a deputation of teachers went to Delhi yesterday to apprise various political parties of the seriousness of the financial crisis P.U. is facing at the moment and sought their support to the demand for the central university status to P.U. After having meetings with the representatives of various political parties it has been decided to write a fresh letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, incorporating the views of various political parties from Punjab on the issue of central university status to P.U. The P.M will be also be updated with the ongoing agitation on the campus.
At the same time JAC has decided to write an open appeal to all the political parties of Punjab and U.T to extend support to the central university status to P.U. and save this institution of Punjab heritage. JAC plans to have an open debate on the issue and let each and every political party say in public what they are committing in private to its representatives. “Panjab University has always been a repository of Panjabi values, culture and enterprise and the onus of safeguarding its interests lies squarely with the political leadership of Punjab across party lines,” said Prof. A.S. Ahluwalia, Chairman JAC. Manjit Singh, Coordinator JAC, informed that with the passage of time more and more support is flowing from various quarters to the ongoing agitation by JAC.
In order to chalk out further strategy and course of action JAC meeting has been called on Friday at 4.00 P.M. in the office of PUTA.