The Minister of State (MoS) for Schooling Subhas Sarkar assured the Parliament on Wednesday that his ministry has taken a coverage choice to not convert state universities into central universities.
His assurance got here in response to a query, requested by AAP Rajya Sabha MP Vikramjit Singh Sahney through the ongoing session of Parliament on whether or not the federal government was planning to alter the standing of Panjab College, Chandigarh, to a central college. To this, Sarkar mentioned that the ministry has determined to not change the standing of state universities.
The MoS added that the choice was taken as a consequence of legacy points, adjustment of current employees and disaffiliation of schools.
This reply has put to relaxation the fears of the state that PU was being transformed to a Central college. The Punjab authorities in addition to the opposition events had objected to the transfer. A decision was additionally handed by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha earlier towards the proposed transfer by Centre to alter the standing of the college.
Punjab Cupboard minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer tweeted concerning the query raised by AAP MP. He mentioned the minister needed to reply that there was no centralisation of the college.
Earlier, through the Finances Session of Vidhan Sabha, a decision was handed collectively by ruling occasion and the Opposition, together with Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal, towards centralisation of the college. BJP members had opposed the decision stating that there was no such transfer.
The decision learn, “This Home is anxious concerning the try being made by some vested pursuits to push the matter for change of standing of Panjab College right into a Central College on one pretext or the opposite.”
The Home acknowledges and recognises that Panjab College was re-commenced with an Act of the Punjab State specifically the Panjab College Act 1947 after Independence, and subsequently with the reorganisation of Punjab in 1966, it was declared as an Inter-State Physique Company below Part 72(1) of the Punjab Reorganization Act, 1966 enacted by the Parliament. Since its inception, the Panjab College has been constantly and uninterruptedly functioning within the state of Punjab. It was shifted from Lahore, the then capital of Punjab, to Hoshiarpur after which to Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab. Greater than 175 schools of Punjab, that are located within the districts of Fazilka, Ferozpur, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Moga, Muktsar and Nawanshahar, are affiliated with the Panjab College at current. The complete territorial jurisdiction and the populace, which the Panjab College is catering to, falls majorly within the state of Punjab, along with the world below Union Territory of Chandigarh, which regardless of many resolutions of this august home has not been restored because the capital of Punjab state solely and continues to be a Union Territory.”
It additional learn, “Traditionally, the individuals of Punjab have been very intimately related and have recognized themselves with this college proper from its inception. The Panjab College occupies an emotional place within the minds of Punjabis on account of historic, regional and cultural causes. The college has emerged as an academic and cultural image of Punjab’s legacy and inheritance to the extent that it has nearly develop into synonymous with Punjab.”
Even though Haryana and Himachal stopped contributing their share of the upkeep deficit grants to the college, Punjab has elevated its share from 20 p.c to 40 p.c and has constantly been paying it since 1976. Haryana unilaterally withdrew the affiliation of its schools from the college and transferred the identical to the opposite universities inside Haryana, which has lowered the income of the college. The Authorities of India vide its notification dated 27-10-1997 ceased the illustration of Haryana in numerous governing our bodies of the college.
This Home has noticed that the college has been managing and conducting its monetary affairs unilaterally. Punjab has, nonetheless, elevated the Grant-in-Help from Rs 20 crores to Rs 45.30 crores through the monetary yr 2020-21, which quantities to a rise of greater than 75 per cent. Moreover, practically Rs 100 crore is collected yearly by the college from the affiliated Faculties situated in Punjab. This substantial enhance is probably not commensurate with the wants of the Panjab College, however that is as a result of cause that there isn’t any bilateral consultative course of in place.”
This Home strongly and unanimously feels that any choice to alter the character of the Panjab College gained’t be acceptable to the individuals of Punjab and due to this fact, strongly recommends that no change within the nature and character of this College needs to be thought of by the Authorities of India. Any proposal in case it’s being thought of needs to be dropped with fast impact.
Subsequently, this Home strongly recommends the state authorities to take up the matter with the Centre in order that the the character and character of Panjab College is just not altered in any manner holding in view the emotions of the individuals of Punjab.