Teachers oppose varsity status for Khalsa College


Staff member
Amritsar March 17:

Though the 119-year-old Khalsa College is on its way to attain the status of a university, faculty members are of the view that this would curtail the annual grant-in-aid of about Rs 5 crore, which the college was getting from the state government. Subsequently, it would affect their salaries, they added.

Out of the total 140 teachers, 88 have been deputed against aided posts. Ninety five per cent of their salaries are borne by the Punjab Government under the grant-in-aid head. However, with an aim to start functioning as “Khalsa University” from the coming session, the management, as per the UGC’s stipulated norms, has applied for an NOC from Guru Nanak Dev (GND) University for admitting its students to the first year.

In protest against the move, teachers today raised “anti-management’ slogans and stopped Principal Daljit Singh from entering his office. The college authorities have declared to close the college tomorrow. However, confirming that a letter of indent for attaining a university status has been received, the Principal said a detailed project report had already been submitted to the Centre for compliance with the Private State Universities Act, 2010. “The management aspired to preserve the grant-in-aid and the subsequent interests of the present faculty,” he added.

Nevertheless, if all goes well, there would be a multi-domain university in Khalsa College’s 330- acre compound. It would have graduate and postgraduate courses in all major disciplines. At present, the management is being headed by Satyajit Singh Majithia, the father-in-law of the Deputy CM. Meanwhile, Congress leaders, Harpal Bhatia and Laali Majithia, have flayed the move.