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Over 100 university professors seek to contest elections to escape election duties

PATIALA: In an try to break out the election tasks the professors of Punjabi University had now in finding break out route - contesting of Lok Sabha elections. As for now more than 100 professors within the university had sought permission from the university government to contest the General Elections scheduled for May 19 in Punjab.

The university teaching school has been protesting towards the election tasks being given by means of the District Electoral Officer in Patiala. The professors claimed that the university was an independent body and it's been mentioned within the rules and rules that teaching school cannot be pressured to present election tasks.

They said that deputing them on the electoral tasks is a clear violation of political and constitutional mandate supplied in University Calendar and they'd continue their agitation until their calls for are met.

On Tuesday, as many as 85 professors together with assistant and associate professors submitted applications to the government in Punjabi University Patiala and recommended they sought after to contest the impending Lok Sabha polls. According to rules, any school member who's contesting the elections cannot be requested to perform the election duty. The university witnessed an entire strike of the teaching school as the professors remained sitting on protest and thus the analysis and different educational actions remained shut-down.

The university earlier in its syndicate meeting had already given approval to a few university professors to contest elections then again later another professors additionally sought permission to contest the elections.

University Registrar Manjit Singh Nijjar said, "We have been receiving a number of applications from the teaching faculty seeking permission to contest the elections. Till now we have approved 16 members of teaching faculty to contest the elections. A number of professors today staged protest for being asked to perform the election duties and they held a meeting with the Vice Chancellor in this regard."

A University Professor JS Brar said that around 25 applications from the college was submitted until Monday while on Tuesday on my own around 85 university professors had sought permission to contest elections. He said some extra will submit their applications within the coming days.

The protesting university professors now not handiest took out a protest march on the campus but also raised slogans towards the university administration for being mum on the issue and the district electoral officer as well. Later the protesting school contributors sat outdoor the place of business of Vice Chancellor BS Ghuman for hours.

The VC then assured the lecturers to intervene into the topic and soak up this issue with the concerned higher officials.

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