PAU students go on indefinite strike

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Students of BSc Agriculture Part1 (4 years course) and Part 3 (6 years course) at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have launched an indefinite strike on Monday over the university's decision to merge classes for both the courses. In addition to this, students of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Gurdaspur, who are part of the 6 year course, have been told to attend classes in Ludhiana due to shortage of teachers.

This has irked students, who say the decisions will increase class strength. Under the 6 year BSc course, students enroll themselves after Class X while in the 4 year course, the admission is after Class XII. Teachers, however, say that the syllabus for both course is similar to a certain extent and hence classes had been clubbed together.

Monday was to witness the first such class but students went on a strike stating that they will not be part of classes where student strength is more than 60. Parminder Singh Gujjar, president of the student union said: "Earlier we were about 35 students and now will exceed to more than 60. If the university is not having enough teachers, they should not admit more students. Already we are having shortage of rooms in hostels." The students also submitted their memorandums to dean academics and hostel wardens.

PAU V-C Dr B S Dhillon, meanwhile, stated that such an experiment has been done to increase inter-personal skills of the students and added that the practice was not new to the university and had been done in the past as well. The students, however, have stated that they will not call off their strike, till the orders are withdrawn.

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