There is no let-up in the protests by the students of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), who are demanding jobs against vacant posts in various government departments, as their chain hunger strike entered thirteenth day on Tuesday.
PAU Students’ Association chief Ravinderpal Singh Randhawa said: “The authorities feared we might disrupt the proceedings of the international conference being held at the university, but true to our promise, we continued with the protest in a peaceful manner. It, however, remains to be seen if the authorities will keep their promise to take up our case with the government.”
PAU is scheduled to hold many such conferences in the coming months and the protesting students warned that “any laxity on part of the authorities may result in an uprising”. Randhawa said: “Though we are showing patience, we should not be taken for granted. Something must be done for the benefit of the students.”
The university is all set to host the XIX Biennial AICRP Home Science Workshop from February 16-17; the Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards 2011 on February 21; national-level Honey Festival-cum-Beekeepers Participatory Interactive Workshop on February 22.
“The vacant posts across various agricultural departments are students’ right,” said one of the protesting students.