Reservations: Dilemmas Galore: Heated debate has been generated around women’s reservation bill (WRB) with both sides having their inflexible positions. On one side there are those .....Read Full
Palestinians should resist Israeli threat: Arab League: The 22-member Arab League called on the Palestinians on Tuesday ....Read Full
WB CM constitutes special team to expedite land transfer to AMU: Chief Minister of West Bengal Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has constituted two special team to expedite the process of land transfer ....Read Full
Patil offers to resign if allegations proved: Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil stunned the state legislative Assembly tonight by declaring he would tender his resignation from the ministry as well as membership .....Read Full
Court admits plea to probe into Hajj quota: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday admitted a writ petition seeking a directive to the Centre to constitute an impartial agency for ....Read Full
Apex Court to hear plea to consider worship at Ayodhya: The Supreme Court Friday agreed to hear a plea for easing restrictions imposed by the authorities ....Read Full
Centre not averse to CBI probe into Ishrat case: At the conclusion of arguments, the Supreme Court has reserved verdict on a special leave petition filed by Ishrat Jahan's mother Sham .....Read Full
HC restrains Kerala Govt from participating in 'Islamic Bank': The Kerala High Court today issued an interim order restraining the State Government.....Read Full
Pune blast: ATS submits report, claims perpetrators identified: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday submitted its investigation report on the Pune blast .....Read Full
Maoists massacre 76 troopers, government fumes: India’s sweeping anti-Maoist offensive suffered a huge blow Tuesday when the Leftwing guerrillas ambushed and massacred ......Read Full
Apex court removes two Gujarat cops from riots probe panel: The Supreme Court Tuesday removed two senior Gujarat police officers from its special probe panel investigating ....Read Full
World’s tallest tower saves 3,200 KW daily: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, saves up to 3,200 KW of energy every day by tapping solar power to heat the 140,000 ....Read Full
Violence, crime and politics at Panjab University
Thursday, April 15, 2010 09:38:32 AM, Alkesh Sharma, IANS
Chandigarh: Shootouts, cars on fire, ragging, display of money, muscle power and ugly politics. This is not a setup for a violent film on campus life, but the ground reality of Panjab University every now and then.
Last week, some miscreants had opened fire at Udey Wirring, president of the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU), his cousin and his father outside their house in Sector 11.
Acting swiftly, police arrested two leaders of the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), a rival students’ political party of PU and recovered a locally-made pistol from them.
Following this, some unidentified people burnt Udey’s SUV Pajero and Maruti Esteem car, parked in the courtyard of his house in the wee hours of Monday.
“We are taking these cases very seriously and our senior officials are investigating them. We have also increased police vigil both inside and outside the PU campus and we are keeping an eye on anti-social elements,” Senior Superintendent of Police S.S. Srivastava, told IANS.
According to police records, since 2005 nearly 30 criminal cases related to violence and involving PU’s rival political groups have been registered and over 90 people arrested or detained for questioning.
There are at least five students’ political groups like PUSU, SOPU, the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) active in PU.
However, PUSU and SOPU are traditional rivals and the majority of incidents involve activists of these parties. In fact, at most times the president of the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) is elected from these two parties.
In the meantime, Panjab University authorities are also taking steps to curb the violence.
“Students come here to study and this is not a platform to depict their muscle and money power. The university should take stern action against the guilty and that will deter others from indulging in violence,” Manjit Singh, president of Panjab University Teachers’ Association, told IANS.
Naval Kishore, Dean Students’ Welfare (DSW) of PU, told IANS: “We are really worried about increasing incidents of violence involving PU students and we are making every possible effort to curb it. Foolproof security has been deployed at all the three gates of the university and besides checking the identity proofs of visitors they also check each and every vehicle before allowing it entry.”
Over 10,000 students - 70 percent being girls - study in around 65 research and teaching departments of the university. It is one of the oldest varsities of the country and is spread over 550 acres covering Sectors 14 and 25.
Besides Chandigarh Police officials, there are around 125 private security guards deployed on campus to maintain law and order. In some cases, even private security guards expressed helplessness.
“Most of the time, especially during late evening hours, outsiders accompany university students. But when we try to stop them, they try to threaten us,” said a private security guard at the university on condition of anonymity.
University sources told IANS that Vice Chancellor R.C. Sobti is contemplating a proposal to debar the promotion of a student to the next year or to the next semester if any criminal case is pending against him.
“If a student indulges in violence either inside or outside the campus and a police case is registered against him then he would be not promoted,” said the source.
The university is the alma mater of many senior bureaucrats and senior politicians, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Alkesh Sharma can be contacted at email@example.com
Comment on this article
Ummid.com is part of Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and condition mentioned.