Badals skip DAV varsity function
Jalandhar October 23:
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal skipped the foundation stone laying function of DAV University at Sarmastpur village on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway this morning.
To the embarrassment of the DAV College Management Committee, the high-profile event had to be solemnised with a local touch with Industries and Commerce Minister stepping in for the Badals. Officials of the local administration and organisers remained on tenterhooks regarding who would perform the ceremony on the occasion.
While the Chief Minister was indisposed, the Deputy Chief Minister had gone to attend a function at the Hussainiwala border. Manoranjan Kalia extended the support to the proposed multi-disciplinary private university and termed the event as a new chapter in the history of developments in the state. President of the DAV College Management Committee G P Chopra said the 385 crore investment plan had been affirmed on the 11.69 acre university land.
Regional director C L Kochher said in the first phase, the School of Engineering and Technology, the School of Management, the School of Languages, the School of Sciences and research centres would be set up. On this occasion, several tricycles, sewing machines, hearing aids, blankets, etc were distributed among the needy people. Swarna Ram, Minister for Technical Education and Industrial Training, also attended the function.