Srinagar- Students of Desh Bhagat University Punjab and several other student leaders Thursday expressed gratitude to the Punjab government’s timely intervention for saving their future from getting ruined.
The elated students said the Punjab government besides getting the criminal case registered against them quashed, booked Desh Bhagat University on the charges of fraud and criminal assault on female students.
They also said the farmers and other opposition leaders of Punjab keeping ideological and political differences apart, also supported their cause and pressed the government for registering a criminal case against the DBU administrators.
“We really want to thank Punjab government, the opposition and farmers leaders of Punjab for their unwavering support, we had been enrolled in Sardar Lal Singh College, which lacks authorization from the regulating bodies including Indian Nursing Council and Punjab Nursing Registration Council,” Danish Ahmad, a student, told Kashmir Observer.
They said the demands of the students were legitimate, which prompted the Punjab government to intervene and take legal action against DBU.
Besides filing a criminal case against the administrators of DBU for cheating innocent students, they said the government also directed to pay rupees 10 lakh as compensation to each affected student.
“We were ruthlessly beaten by the staff and police after we staged a peaceful protest against our illegal transfer to an unapproved college within DBU campus. At least 25 students including 22 girls and 3 boys suffered injuries while many protesting females fell unconscious,” he added.
Another student Suhail Ahmad said the majority of students who were enrolled in Sardar Lal Singh College were from Kashmir and that the varsity administration, without taking pity over their desperate economic conditions, took a unilateral decision.
“Had we not raised objections and staged protests, our future would have been ruined for sure. No doubt we faced infinite difficulties during this time. But in the end, the truth won out, and those wishing to destroy our future were brought to book. This is the real concept of the natural law of justice,” she added.
The students also expressed gratitude to Sikh organizations and political parties in Kashmir for their support during the troubled times.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association (JKSA) has also expressed gratitude to Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann for his prompt and decisive action in response to their request and demand regarding the recent assault on Kashmiri students.
The admission scandal at Desh Bhagat University, Punjab, the students body said led by its National Convener, Nasir Khuehami said the Punjab Chief Minister’s directive to Desh Bhagat University to provide compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to each enrolled student for the trauma and dislocation they have endured is a testament to his commitment to justice and the welfare of Students.
“DBU Owner, VC and management have been informed by the Chief Minister’s office that they have committed fraud on the students for which criminal action is being initiated against them separately. It is also made clear that DBU will have to deposit the fees for the current year, i.e.; 3rd year, to the institutions where the students will have to be shifted, as would inevitably be demanded by the respective colleges. This gesture will go a long way in alleviating the hardships they have faced during these trying times,” Khuehami said in a statement.
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