Students strike enters 8th Day in Punjabi University; students demand 24 hours girls hostel timing

The strike by DSO in front of VC office at Punjabi University Patiala has entered the 8th day and simultaneously they have started chain hunger strike from today in which DSO’s two activists that is Amandeep kaur (Punjabi Department) and Amandeep kaur (Mphil Punjabi Department) are on hunger strike on the 1st day of it since morning.

They have demanded 24 hours girls hostel timing on the basis of gender equality along with other 13 demands that also includes publishing of code of conduct (handbook) of admin block and one post should be assigned to one person instead of one person handling 4-4 posts. Other problems face by girls are also mentioned in it. The university administration seems to be very rigid towards the demand. DSO performed a play ‘JAIL MANUAL’ based on problem of girls hostel.

As a part of this protest around 10-12 girls went to the reading room at night and occupied their space to study.

On the third day of chain of lectures the Punjabi poetess sukwinder amrit was going to deliver a lecture but due to some personal problem she could not come so dr.surjeet from Punjabi department delivered a lecture on the topic participation of women in educational institutions and open discussion was organised on the same.

Dr. Surjeet brought to light that it is a big problem that one person is handling 4-7 posts and proposed that one post should be assigned to one person. He said “it is the need of time to redefine university structure and norms according to girls who are moiré than 70% in university”. Famous gazal singer also gave a performance. Around 500 students, scholar and other staff members attended it. Everyday an intellectual and a professor will be invited for delivering lecture by DSO.