Punjab News Governing council firm on private varsity idea


Staff member
Amritsar April 17:

While the state government may have deferred its decision on the conversion of the Khalsa College into a private university, the (college) governing council today said it was firm about getting the proposal cleared.

Talking to reporters, governing council honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina said they were determined on getting a go-ahead from the state government for their private university proposal. “We have not put the university issue on the backburner, as is being projected by a section of the media,” he said.

However, the council seems to have softened its approach, with Chhina hinting that they may set up the university in a building other than that of the Khalsa College. “Ever since the university issue has come up, we have been hearing people as to how their sentiments are attached with the Khalsa College building. We have various buildings and if need be, we can opt for some other building to establish the university.”

Asked further about the idea, he said it was just a possibility and that too if needed. The approach of the college management had mellowed down yesterday itself when the management committee, for the first time, resolved to build a consensus among the Sikh community over the conversion of the iconic college into a private university. Notably, the people opposing the private university proposal have time and again said they would have no objection to it if it was set up at a place other than the historic college.

PCCTU: Teachers’ suspension illegal: PCCTU general secretary HS Walia has alleged that all the norms were thrown to the wind while ordering suspension of three college teachers on Friday. He said the suspension orders were served on the teachers despite a vast majority of the management committee members not supporting the move. He reiterated they would boycott evaluation work of the GNDU from Monday while the next course of action will be decided at the PCCTU office-bearers’ meeting in Chandigarh on April 19.

College land ‘donors’ contemplate action: In a related development, the residents of Kot Khalsa village, who claimed to have donated their land for setting up the college, have announced they would hold a conference in Amritsar on April 24 to mould the public opinion against the proposal. They said they would soon file a PIL in the high court against the move and would not rest till the government withdraws the Letter of Intent issued in this regard.