Tribune News Service
Patiala, January 12
Students of Punjabi University were in for a surprise today as the university gates were shut by its protesting teaching and non-teaching faculty members. The university had opened the gates of its respective departments for offline classes yesterday only.
While the functioning of the university remained affected due to the protest, the teaching and non-teaching faculty members associated with the Punjabi University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) and the A-class Officers Association said they had been raising certain demands with the university authorities which have not been met to date. The protest continued from 8.30 am to 11 am.
Dr Avneet Pal Singh, secretary, PUTA, said they closed the university gates early in the morning. “We had submitted memorandums to the university officials regarding our demands, including timely payment of salaries, payment of dearness allowances, depositing of GPF deductions and the issuing of letters of promotion to teaching and non teaching officials. However, the demands have been pending for a long time. We had to resort to protest outside the university gates.”
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