Punjab News Punjab CM defers decision for now


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Amritsar April 4:

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said declared that a decision on the issue of the proposed conversion of Khalsa College into a university has been deferred for the “time being”.

He also directed Deputy Commissioner KS Pannu to intervene in the ongoing tussle between teachers and the college management. Hailing this announcement, the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU), which held its protest on the Lawrence road today, also decided to defer the proposed move to boycott university examinations that were underway in the state.

Earlier, a teachers’ delegation met Badal, who was in the town to launch the state-level sewa ambulance project. He clarified that the decision on the issue had been delayed for holding deliberations in the Cabinet. “We will hold discussions with Sikh scholars and all stakeholders before taking any step in this direction. No haphazard decision will be taken over this sensitive issue. For the time being, the decision has been postponed,” he said.

About the registration of cases and slapping of house vacation notices on some of the agitating teachers by the management, Badal said the Amritsar DC had been asked to solve the matter amicably. “Interests of the teachers will be protected and no teacher will be forced to leave official houses allotted to them,” he said.

Pannu said he would inquire into the alleged complaints submitted by the Principals of Khalsa Society-run educational institutions and the grounds under which the teachers had been served house vacation notices. “ I will talk to representatives from both teachers as well as the management side before submitting my report to the government,” he said.

On the other hand, Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, Khalsa College, while showing the pictures of his forcible confinement by teachers, decried the undesirable and offensive words used by them. The teachers, who have been booked in the case, have applied for an anticipatory bail and the district court has fixed April 8 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

Meanwhile, the PCCTU, at its meeting, resolved to launch ‘Save Khalsa College’ campaign by mobilising all the segments of society and stakeholders, including scholars, teachers, students, alumni, social workers, landowners and even political leaders. Later, its PCCTU activists met Rural Development Minister Ranjit S Brahmpura and Education Minister SS Sekhwan.