Punjab bans private functions in educational institutions

February 26th, 2009 - 4:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Feb 26 (IANS) Holding a wedding function, parties or even religious ceremonies on the premises of government educational institutions in Punjab will soon be history with the state government announcing a ban on such activities.
State Education and Languages Minister Upinderjit Kaur said Thursday that buildings and playgrounds of educational institutions are only meant for teaching and other educational purposes, including functions of national and state importance.

The Punjab government has directed all field education officers and local bodies in towns and villages not to allow the misuse of premises of government educational institutions for events other than for academic purposes.

The move by the government follows media reports in which ruling Akali Dal leaders and workers were shown holding marriages and other social functions on school premises.

In certain cases, even liquor was being served inside these premises in violation of all laws. During such events, studies of the institutions were affected and students were given a day off.

“Such private functions are a nuisance and become hindrance in imparting education to the students. This also causes damages to the premises and playgrounds of the institutions,” she added

School authorities found violating the rules will have to face action, the minister said.

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