Patiala, August 26
While the two committees formed by the Shiromani Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Punjabi University have yet to submit their reports on the alleged disrespect of rare books, related to the Sikh religion, in the university library, the relevant authorities issued a clarification rejecting the allegations. Students, however, continued their protest over the issue outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office here on Friday.
In a clarification released Thursday evening regarding an alleged disrespect for religious books, university authorities expressed their devotion to religious texts. The clarification said the vice-chancellor had visited the university library, along with three members of the SGPC.
He further said that a stock check was carried out at the university’s Dr Ganda Singh Punjabi Reference Library. “Some students uploaded photos of books, which were presented as evidence of disrespect. This is an attempt to harm the university,” the clarification added.
The University Registrar, Prof. Navjot Kaur said, “Punjab University respects all religions and related texts. No act was committed at the university, which can be qualified as a lack of respect towards a religion. Appropriate decorum is maintained when accessing religious texts.
Members of both committees said they were preparing reports on the matter, which would be submitted within days.
Meanwhile, students associated with the Secular Youth Federation of India (SYFI) continued their protest at the university on Friday. Yadwinder Singh Yadu from the student union said: “We held a candlelight march yesterday and continued to protest today. We want the state government to look into this.
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