TECHNICAL COLLEGES CLAIM LOSS
Chandigarh September 19:
The private technical colleges in Punjab have demanded “adequate financial compensation” from the State Government saying they have lost over Rs.170 crore due to delayed counselling for admission to various courses in engineering, pharmacy, architecture and management resulting in a situation where they could not fill 100 per cent seats.
To take stock of the situation, a meeting of the Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association held here was attended by chairpersons and directors of over 100 colleges. It was decided that a delegation of the association would call on Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal to apprise him of the problem.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Association chairman J. S. Dhaliwal demanded that the Chief Minister fix responsibility on officials who made the faulty admission policy and demanded a compensation for non-filling of the seats in the self-financed colleges.
Association members explained that while on the one hand the academic year throughout the country had started a month ago, in Punjab the counselling process ended just two days back. Consequently, students secured their seats in colleges in other States leaving more than 7,000 seats in various courses vacant resulting in “the biggest ever financial loss to the self-financed colleges in Punjab”.
The Association earlier had opposed the faulty admission policy and demanded online or single counselling. While the matter was brought to the notice of Mr. Badal, the Technical Education Department and the Punjab Technical University insisted on a second counselling. The Association argued that if a single or online counselling was conducted for the current session the present situation could have been avoided.