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IELTS Training in Chandigarh – Seven Reason to choose LOTUS STUDY ABROAD CONSULTANTS

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Punjab and Haryana High Court Chandigarh

Punjab and Haryana High Court is the High Court of Punjab and Haryana. The high court has jurisdiction over the UT Chandigarh, the State of Punjab and the State of Haryana. The beautifully designed building of the court is designed by the famous French architect Le Corbusier.

History Behind Punjab and Haryana High Court

Established in 1919, the Punjab and Haryana court is situated in the capitol complex in sector 1 of Chandigarh city. Earlier the court was known as the Lahore High Court. The jurisdiction of that court covered undivided Punjab and Delhi. From 1920 to 1943, the Court was conferred with extraterritorial jurisdiction over that part of China that formed part of the British consular district of Kashgar, which had previously been under the jurisdiction of the British Supreme Court for China. This ceased upon the ratification of the British-Chinese Treaty for the Relinquishment of Extra-Territorial Rights in China. During the independence of India, a separate High Court was created at Shimla. This had jurisdiction over Indian Punjab, Delhi and what are now Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. From 17 January 1955, the Court was moved to its present location in Chandigarh. A separate High Court was constituted for the Union Territory of Delhi under the Delhi High Court Act, 1966. Three Judges of the Punjab High Court were transferred to the Delhi High Court, which was constituted on 31 October 1966.

The States Reorganization Act, 1956 paved the way for the formation of Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh from 1 November 1966. Those formations also saw the renaming of the High Court of Punjab as the High Court of Punjab and Haryana. The Judges of the High Court of Punjab became Judges of the common High Court with all the powers and jurisdiction of the High Court of Punjab. However, the principal seat of the High Court remained at Chandigarh.

Spread over 100 acres of land, Punjab and Haryana High Court houses the offices of many administrative branches such as Establishment Branch, Registrar’s Office, Gazette Branch and Copying Branch etc. The Offices of Advocate-Generals, Punjab and Haryana also adjoin the main building. The uniquely designed colourful building has been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is a popular tourist destination for people visiting Chandigarh.


A museum with a beautiful display of artifacts, rare documents and depictions showcasing how the High Court Building came into being, is also a part of the Punjab and Haryana High Court building premises.

List of Best GMADA Sports Complex in Mohali

Sports complex is an essential part of the development of the city. The cities like Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula has a series of sports complexes. These complexes play an integral part in the overall development of an individual and children. The sports complex consists of many facilities like swimming pools, gymnasiums, yoga centres, track & field stadiums, facilities for various games and sports etc. Olympic Park is also a kind of sports complex. Let’s explore some of the best sports complexes in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.

GMADA Sports Complex, Sector 71, Mohali – Sector 71 sports complex is one of the most well maintained complexes of Mohali city. The complex has many built in facilities for the sports enthusiasts. Some of the facilities available are Table Tennis court, Badminton court. The swimming pool here is excellent and clean as compare to to other sports complexes.

Sports Complex PCA,  Mohali – Without a doubt PCA sports complex is an excellent place for the budding sportsperson. One can avail many facilities available here some of them are cricket, gymnasium, swimming etc.

Sports Complex, Sector 65, Mohali – The sports complex in sector 64 is good in terms of maintenance, facilities etc. The complex has many built in facilities for the sports enthusiasts such as Badminton Court, Squash, Boxing, Swimming etc. It has good Gym for both men and women.

Sports Complex Phase 6, Mohali – This Sports complex has only a swimming pool. The instructors or the life guards are less attentive here. The pool is not maintained very well by the contractor. Though this is not in very bad shape but an average swimming pool.

Sports Complex, Phase IX , Mohali – The sports complex is shabbily maintained and has only badminton courts. Badminton courts looks good but maintained very poorly. Though it has swimming pool as well but in about 3 years administration could not run water in it and this newly constructed pool started deteriorating.

All the above sports comlexes comes under Greater Mohali Area Development (GMADA). These complexes are a great place for all the sports enthusiasts out there.

Which one do you like the most? Let us know in the comment section below.

List of Most Popular Malls in Chandigarh

The city beautiful Chandigarh has a number of malls and shopping areas. The city is known for its quality lifestyle and fun loving people. People here love to explore new places whether it is a food court or bars, shopping centres or cinemas. The place offers many such places for an amazing experience along with excellent shopping opportunities. Here is a list of the most popular Malls in and around chandigarh.

Elante Mall Chandigarh – Located at Phase 1 Industrial Area, Elante Mall is one of the biggest and popular malls of Chandigarh. Spread over 20 acres of land the retail giant is city’s main attraction. This place has its own charm in terms of structure, shopping, multiplexes, sports bars and food joints. Elante Mall is Chandigarh’s most happening place.

City Emporium Shopping Mall Chandigarh – The City Emporium Shopping Mall is one of the popular shopping and entertainment zones of the city. The mall is situated in phase 1 industrial and business park Chandigarh. The place offers great shopping areas with excellent food courts.

TDI Mall Chandigarh – Located at sector 17, TDI Mall is a world class shopping cum entertainment mall of Chandigarh city. The mall houses some of the major national and international brands, sports bar, food courts and multiplexes.

Piccadily Square Mall Chandigarh – The Piccadily Square Mall is another attraction of the city beautiful Chandigarh. The mall is very well constructed and the interiors are very attractive. It is located in sector 34, chandigarh. Piccadily Square Mall houses amazing food courts and hi tech multiplex. It is a very popular place of tricity.

DLF Citycentre Mall Chandigarh – DLF City Centre is one of the most popular and premium malls of chandigarh . The mall is located at Rajiv Gandhi IT Park Chandigarh. It is few kilometers away from the sector 17. DLF Citycentre Mall houses some of the major national and international brands, amazing food courts, entertainment zones, multiplexes.

Sector 17 Chandigarh – Sector 17 is the most vibrant places of Chandigarh city. It is one of the oldest shopping centres of the beautiful city. Sector 17 comprises of shopping facilities, City Centre 17 Plaza, Branded showrooms, theatre, entertainment zones, restaurants etc. Sector 17 is favorite among the youngsters of the city.

The North Country Mall Chandigarh – Located at the Chandigarh Kharar road, the North Country Mall is popular among the people living in the surroundings of that area. Spread over 22 acres of land, the lifestyle mall has retail, food, beverages, banquets and other entertainment facilities.

These are some of the most wonderful and popular shopping cum entertainment malls in Chandigarh. Which one do you like the most? Let us know in the comment section below.

Chandimandir Cantonment Panchkula

The military Station of the Indian Army generally referred as Chandimandir Cantonment is situated at the foothills of Shivalik range in Panchkula. It is the headquarters of the western command of Indian Army. Chandimandir Cantonment is few kilometers away from the Chandimandir and Mansa Devi. The cantonment is one of the few modern military stations which has been built in independent India.The cantt is also a hotspot for flora and fauna. It is one of the few cantonments which have warbirds installed inside the area.

Established in 1960, Chandimandir Cantonment was built as the Indian Army’s western Army Command headquarters. Due to the shortage of space in the Simla the western command units were moved to Chandimandir. The trees surrounding the area were planted by the army. Chandimandir consists of Sectors A and B which are for its officer’s family quarters. Sectors C, D, E and F are for JCO’s and OR’s family. A large number of families also stay in Panchkula in hired houses. It has Pine marg as a residential area for senior officers. The Chandimandir Cantonment has an Auditorium which is called as Manekshaw Auditorium named after the Field Marshal Manekshaw. The cantonment also consists of a stadium, Raina stadium which is named after the former chief of the Indian Army. There are also many army units within its area. It also has the Western Command Hospital on the Chandigarh Kalka highway. Chandimandir Cantonment has three schools, two Kendriya Vidyalayas and Army Public School. The cantonment is a part of the tricity. Chandimandir Cantonment is a beautiful area, sculpture gardens have been designed inside it.

Near the main gate of the Chandimandir Cantonment there is a Khetarpaul Officer’s Institute which is called The Shakti Dwar. This is at the cantt’s  south opening onto the highway and leading to Panchkula’s sector 1 and 6. Apart from this the Chandimandir Cantonment area has small townships such as Bir Ghaggar and Gumthala. The semi-perennial river Ghaggar also flows through Chandimandir.

Chandimandir Cantonment is a restricted area, only army personnels or their knowns are allowed to enter this area.

A Tribute to Vinod Khanna – The Stylish He-Man of Bollywood

Vinod Khanna a stylish bollywood actor, a producer and an active politician was born in a Punjabi family on 6th October, 1946 in Peshawar. His father, Kishanchand Khanna was a textiles, dyes and chemical businessman. Vinod Khanna did his schooling from St. Mary’s School, Mumbai, St. Xavier’s High School, Delhi and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. After this he graduated in commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai.

Vinod Khanna was married to wife Geetenjali in 1971. From this marriage, he has two sons Rahul Khanna and Akshaye Khanna. Due to his absence for many years in his family caused the reason to end his marriage. In 1990, he tied knot with Kavita from which he have two children Sakshi and Shraddha.

A Journey of a Bollywood Superstar

Vinod Khanna started his career as an actor with his first film Sunil Dutt’s, Mann Ka Meet in 1968. The film was directed by Adhurti Subba Rao. Vinod Khanna played the role of a villain whereas Som Dutt was the hero of the film. During his early stages of career he had played supporting or villainous roles in the films. Some of such films were Aan Milo Sajna, Purab Aur Paschim, Mastana, Sachaa Jhutha, Mera Gaon Mera Desh etc. He was one such actor who started of his career by playing villain roles and moved on to play hero. Then in 1971, the actor Vinod Khanna got his first break as a lead hero in the film Hum Tum Aur Who opposite Bharati Vishnuvardhan. After this he worked in a multi hero film Mere Apne which was directed by Gulzar. His angry young man role in the superhit movie Mere Apne, his negative role as the main villain in the superhit movie Mera Goan Mera Desh and his role in the critically acclaimed movie Achanak as the military officer turned fugitive received tremendous applause from both the film industry and his fans.

He worked in almost 100 films and acted in lead roles in many superhit films and is best remembered for his performances in:

  • Mere Apne
  • Mere Goan Mera Desh
  • Gaddaar
  • Jail Yatra
  • Imitihaan
  • Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
  • Inkaar
  • Kuchhe Dhaage
  • Amar Akbar Anthony
  • Qurbani
  • Kudrat
  • Dayavan
  • Kaarnama
  • Suryaa: An Awakening
  • Jurm

Then in 1999 Vinod Khanna received a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Indian cinema.

Vinod Khanna as a Politician

The superstar of bollywood joined politics in 1997, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab. He was re-elected in 1999 to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency. In 2002 he became Union Minister for culture and tourism. After six months he was moved to the ministry of external affairs (MEA) as Minister of State. In 2014 he was again elected for 16th Lok Sabha from Gurdaspur constituency.

His Death

Today 27 April, 2017 at the age of 70 he breathed last at 11:20 am in Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital. He was suffering from advanced bladder carcinoma from many years. From last month his condition was deteriorating consistently. Recently one of his hospital picture surfaced and went viral on internet as he was looked very week beyond recognition. No one thought that such a dashing stylish actor will go down like this. We wish peace to his soul and share our condolence to the family to recover soon from this non-reversible loss.

Trolling On Social Media – A Form of Cyber Crime

Social media with all its benefits has become very popular within last 5 years, for giving a platform to voice your opinion on certain public topics, discussions, social matters, Political topics etc. You can write your views/opinion and still keep anonymity of your identity. Social media is a good platform for voicing your opinion on certain topics. But there are majority of Trolling groups who can’t win an argument and will start using abusive, derogatory/foul language against those whose opinion does not match to theirs. These abusive trolls become an embarrassment, mental disturbance which some times lead to depression. Writing foul language is an easy task because writing a justified argument needs detailed understanding of the topic as well as intellect state of mind.

If you have social media account and like to voice your opinion on certain things then you should understand that you may be appreciated as well as trolled. It is just like you passing through a street in your car and group of dogs started barking at you. It will not be a wise thing for you to stop, get off your car ask every dog to shut off. You will have to start accepting things the way those are coming your way. People who troll are group of individual who if don’t agree with your opinion will use abusive language against you. If you are women then those abusive remarks will become vulgarer. The trollers take this liberty just because the anonymity of identity, location social media provide them. Trolling is such a thing that makes the victim feel traumatized, helpless, angry and very frustrated irrespective of the fact that one is taking it offensively or not.

Trolling is started by an individual and supported by group of individuals which give strength to a troller(s). It is just like a mob attacking someone on the road, how embarrassing and scaring experience it would be for the person being attacked. Same is the case on social media. It may not be physical assault on someone but it is a way bigger mental attack which traumatize the person being trolled. Trollers make other person feel completely useless or unworthy, they try to dominate the victim with their tactics, wit or sarcasm. Slowly and steadily with full force they attack the victim’s friends and family with the effort to put down their reputation in the society. They feel a sense of satisfaction, relief and sometimes a feeling of pleasure in humiliating someone.

Some Precautions

1) If it is not that important then don’t have a social media account Facebook in particular. But if it is important for you to have an account then make sure that you add only people whom you personally know, you know their family and their habits matches to yours. Don’t just join any group you see.

2) Don’t get into the race of adding number of people to your account for show off, this will have serious repercussion for sure. This step is very important for girls. When you are adding girls to your account still ensure you know them. Nothing can stop a boy to create an account with girl identity.

3) In Facebook you can allow only your friends to post on your timeline and tag you result in blocking everyone else. This will help only if your friend list is chosen wisely. Go ahead and unfriend whom you have not spoken over the phone for one month or long.

4) If you feel you are getting victimized by a trolling group, go ahead and disable your account immediately temporarily. You can enable it again after a pause of few month.

5) Avoid getting into discussions or topics for which you lacking knowledge. It is not wise to pock your nose in everything you see on the internet. More over there may be million things you don’t like but there could be million you like. So choose wisely what to react and how to react. How part is more important. Listeners are more wise than speakers. It is just like, that someone else’s point of view might be a trolling for you similarly, your point of view might be a trolling for others. Everyone has legal liberty to express their point of view but till it does not heart other’s sentiments.

6) If you are victimized by trolling group act immediately and report this matter to police Cyber Cell wing without fail. Note down as much as details of people trolling you; their Name, Geographic location, Friend list from which you will surely find their relative or family members. Unfriend anyone in you friend list who has any kind of association with trolling group. Otherwise Cyber Cell is competent to trace those. Mind it wrong reporting might land you in trouble as well so be careful.

7) It just take less than a minute to block someone, so go ahead and do this if you don’t have time for anything else.


You might have your point of view, so please share it surely which might be helpful to someone.





Let Us Know About GST

Kindly make note of the following changes in IT law that come into effect from 1-4-2017 –

(1) Limit for payment of expenses by cash (both, capital and revenue expenditure) reduced from Rs.20000 to Rs.10000 per day in aggregate per person. Capital expenses paid in cash beyond the said limit will not be taken into account for depreciation purposes. However, the cash payment limit for lorry fright etc. remains the same at Rs.35000.

(2) No person shall receive an amount of two lakh rupees or more, by cash (Sec. 269ST) —
(a) in aggregate from a person in a day; or
(b) in respect of a single transaction; or
(c) in respect of transactions relating to one event or occasion.
The penalty for violation of above is to be a sum equal to the amount of such receipt.

Examples for above –

? i) If one sells goods worth Rs. 300000 through three different bills of Rs.100000 each to one person and accepts ​<b>cash in single day​</b> at different times then section 269ST(a) will get violated.

? ii) If one sells goods worth Rs. 300000 through ​<b>single bill​</b> to another person and receives cash of Rs.150000 on day 1 and another Rs.150000 on day 2 then section 269ST(b) will get violated, since it pertains to single transaction.

? iii) If one accepts cash of Rs.180000 for ​<b>sales​</b> and Rs.20000 for ​<b>freight charges​</b>, then section 269ST(c) will get violated even if cash is accepted on different dates, since they pertain to a single sales event.

? iv) If one sells his car for Rs.300000 and receives the amount in cash, then penalty levied on him will be Rs.300000.

(2A) In view of the newly introduced above said penal provisions relating to cash sales, the existing provisions (in vogue from 1.6.2016) relating to collection of TCS @ 1% on cash sales exceeding Rs.2 lakhs (Rs.5 lakhs, in the case of jewellery) are deleted. Consequently, there is no need to collect TCS on cash sales exceeding Rs.2 lakhs. Straight away it will attract equal amount penalty now.

(3) For below Rs.2 crores turnover cases –
? For Non Cash Sales (through Digital, Online, cheque, Bank etc.) : Net Profit will be taken as 6% of Turnover/Gross Receipt.
? For Cash Sales : Net Profit will be taken as 8% of Turnover/Gross Receipt.

(4) Tax Exemption limit is Rs.2,50,000/- (same as earlier) –
? After that, upto Rs.5 lakh, Tax Rate is 5% (earlier it was 10%). Tax rebate of maximum Rs.2500 will be allowed, for total income upto Rs.3.50 lakhs.
? Individuals having total income exceeding Rs.50 lakhs but below Rs.1 crore, are to pay surcharge @ 10% of the tax. Those having total income exceeding Rs. 1 crore shall continue to pay surcharge @ 15%.

(5) Payment of Rent – Rs.50,000 per month by any Individual or HUF (not subject to Tax Audit requirements) – deduct TDS @ 5%.

(6) Capital Gain in respect of Land &amp; Buildings –
– Periodicity for long term Capital Gain is reduced from 3 years to 2 years.
– Base year shifted from 01.04.1981 to 01.04.2001 for all assets including Immovable property.

(7) Corporate tax rate for the account year 2017-18 for companies with annual turnover upto Rs. 50 crores (in the account year 2015-16) is reduced to 25%. No change in firm tax rate of 30%.

(8) Donations made exceeding Rs.2000 will be not be eligible for deduction under section 80G, unless these are made using modes other than cash. Consequently, trusts accepting 80G donations may advise their donors to give donations exceeding Rs.2000 vide cheque / RTGS / digital modes.

(9) Sale of unquoted shares to be taxed at (deemed) fair value.

(10) In absence of PAN of the buyer of specified goods, the rate of TCS will be twice of the extent rate or 5%, whichever is higher.

(11) From financial year 2017-18, if Return is not filed within due date, late fee of Rs.5000 for delay up to 31st December, and Rs. 10000 thereafter.

(12) Every person who is eligible to obtain AADHAR number, should quote such number, on or after 1 July 2017, in the Return of income. Furthermore, every person who has been allotted PAN as on 1st July 2017 must intimate the AADHAR number to the Tax Authority, failing which, PAN allotted to such person shall be deemed to be invalid. Kindly note that linking of AADHAR with PAN is not possible, unless name as per AADHAR and PAN match perfectly. Hence, please take steps to rectify your name as per AADHAR to match as per PAN.

(13) Where Sec. 12AA registered trusts modify their objects clause, they need to apply within 30 days to CIT for approval of the modified clauses.

List of Medical Dispensaries in Chandigarh, Panchkula

Chandigarh has a number of dispensaries in the city. Some of the dispensaries are very well working, convenient and has good facilities. The dispensaries should be in the working conditions, hygienic, the medical facilities should be available and most importantly there should be atleast one doctor present there. This health care centre is present in almost every two to three sectors. It becomes easy for the residents of every section to avail their services. Also, the dispensaries are economic & one just has to register themselves and a card will be issued for diagnosis, recording symptoms and treatment will be provided. Here’s a list of some of the Dispensaries present in and around Chandigarh.

E.S.I. Dispensary, Sector 29, Chandigarh – The ESI dispensary is located in the Tribune colony, Chandi Path in Chandigarh. This dispensary is for beneficiaries of Employee State Insurance. The people who are covered under ESI will not have to purchase medicines and then run around for reimbursement.  Medicines are available in the dispensary. The consultation is free of cost and the medical facilities are also economical as compare to other private hospitals.

Government Ayurvedic Dispensary, Sector 37, Chandigarh – The Ayurvedic Dispensary generally provides ayurvedic medication. The patients visiting here are examined by the doctor and medicines are prescribed to them according to the diagnosis. The medicines which are available in the store are given to the patients.

Government Dispensary, Sector 40, Chandigarh – The govt. dispensary in sector 40 has more medical facilities as compare to others dispensaries. The dispensary is economically approachable as the consultation and medication is free. The medical reimbursement is there for the medicines which are not available in the Hospitals.

Government Dispensary, Sector 35, Chandigarh – The government dispensary in sector 35 has good medical facilities. The medical tests are reasonable at compare to other private hospitals.

Government Dispensary, Sector 45, Chandigarh – This government dispensary is very convenient. The medical facilities available here are good as compare to other dispensaries. Doctors are available in this dispensary.

Some other Dispensaries are:

Health Dispensary, Sector 8, Panchkula

Civil Dispensary, Madhya Marg, Sector 19, Chandigarh

Government Dispensary, Sector 20, Chandigarh

Government Dispensary, Sector 38, Chandigarh

Government Dispensary, Sector 20, Panchkula

The facilities available in the dispensaries are:
1. Out patient Treatment.
2. Free drugs to the Outpatients.
3. Antenatal and Postnatal checkup – The pregnant women must visit the E.S.I Hospital at least twice for Antenatal check up.
While attending in Antenatal clinic and on admission to the hospital for delivery, all the previous medical records should be brought to the hospital.

4. Injection and Dressing.
5. Vaccines of the National Immunization Program.
6. National Family Welfare Program and other national Health Program.
7. Medical Certificates.
8. Referral system to ESI Diagnostic Center and ESI Hospitals.
9. Medical Reimbursement for the drugs, which are not available in the Hospitals.
10. Laboratory facilities (if Laboratory facilities available in the Dispensary)
11. Health Education.

This is a list of Dispensaries in and around Chandigarh city. Do share your views with us in the comment section below.

Everything About Fee Hike At Panjab University

The higher education in India is facing several crisis due to the attacks from the central government and UGC. The funding of the universities, colleges and institutes of higher education by the government is systematically being withdrawn under the dictates of world bank. Yesterday the protest at Panjab University took an ugly turn when the angry students pelted stones at the university premises.

Reason behind the Protest

Panjab University Chandigarh has hiked the fee by 1100 times for almost all the courses of university and its regional centres for the session of 2017-18. The example of fee hike is that earlier the fee was Rs. 5000 now it will be Rs. 55,000. For some courses at Panjab University the fee structure has multiplied by several times. On this the distressed students carried out protests against the fee hike decision. The senior officials stated that it is a need of the hour. PU will be able to generate nearly Rs. 5 crores of income from this. They also added that if a student wants a quality education some amount is required to be paid for it. The fee hike is only on the courses which are getting good placements.

The new fee structure of Panjab University courses shall only be applicable to the students who took admission in the session 2017-18. The fee structure for existing students will remain same as earlier, only tuition fee will increase by 5%.

The New Fee Structure at Panjab University for the Session 2017-18

LLM: Rs 25,000

4-year BDS course at Dr HSJID and hospital, PU: Rs 1,50,000

B.A/B.Com: Rs 10,000

B.E Chemical: Rs 90,000

B.A/LLB, UILS: Rs 75,000

M.Sc (Microbial biotech): Rs 45,000

B Pharma: Rs 50,000

M.A Social work: Rs 35,000

M.A Journalism: Rs 30,000

Will Fee Concession be a Relief?

The unexpected hike in fee has distressed the students and their future career is now a major concern for them. Panjab University used to be one of the cheapest and top most universities of the country. With the fee hike the university has also approved few fee concessions for all courses. The students who have qualified their class twelfth examination from a government school or whose family annual income is lower than Rs. 5 lakhs will be eligible for fee concession upto 50% of the tuition fee.

Black Day At Panjab University

The protest at Panjab University took an ugly turn when the angry students pelted stones leaving 20 cops and 11students were injured. The clash started when the upset students who have been striking here for weeks asked to enter the Vice Chancellor office. The police prevented the students to enter his office which lead to the violent clash. The slogans rose against the MHRD and the UGC is not anti-state or anti-national. The fee hike upto 1000% on some courses for session 2017-18 is imposed by Panjab University on students. UGC and Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD) is pressurizing PU to increase their income from the internal resources. The protest by the angry students changed into a violent clash between the police and the students. Police used tear gas and water cannons against the protesting students who are demanding a rollback in the fee structure. The harassed police slapped criminal charges and other revolt charges against students of Panjab University. These charges ignited a national debate on the freedom of speech of an individual. On this, the University asked the police to drop the charges against the students. The protestors have asked for PU bandh organized by the joint action committee comprising students from various associations. ABVP which is not a part of the committee is going on a separate hunger strike.

The Students for Society (SFS) president said their movement for rollback in fee structure will get strengthen more after this incident. He further added Fee hike is unjustified. They will take this movement forward for the future of the students.

Some of the political leaders, ex-senator of PU and students described the police action as the most inappropriate and violent attack ever on students in the history of PU.

What do you think about the unexpected fee hike by Panjab University? Do share your views with us in the comment section below.