Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 27
Amid the ongoing controversy on governance reforms in Panjab University, the BJP-led Haryana Government has again submitted a request before the Vice-President of India and Panjab University Chancellor, M Venkaiah Naidu, regarding reaffiliating colleges of three districts — Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar — with the Chandigarh-based university.
According to Gian Chand Gupta, Speaker, Haryana Legislative Assembly, and Panchkula MLA, a letter in this regard has been written to the PU Chancellor. Gupta claimed to have even met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in this regard. A letter was submitted by the Haryana Chief Minister to the PU Chancellor, said Gupta.
“The matter was raised by members of a committee that was formed by the Chancellor for suggesting governance reforms in the PU. However, no further discussions were held as a majority of the committee members were from Punjab. The Haryana Chief Minister has already written to the Union Home Minister and to the Chancellor for affiliating colleges in the three districts to the PU. We are not demanding anything extra, just that the colleges, which were previously affiliated with the PU, should get back the status,” said Gupta.
On reason behind withholding from giving grants to the university in 1976, Gupta said: “Whatever happened in the past belongs to the past. We are ready to grant our share to the PU.”
Sources said back in 1976, the grant (jointly given by Punjab and Haryana) was discontinued. The Central Government had fixed the ratio of 60:40 between the Centre, Punjab and Haryana. However, the Haryana Government refused to pay the share and Punjab was burdened.
Earlier, Shah had reportedly asked both Chief Ministers (Punjab and Haryana) to mutually come up with a solution.
“It’s for the benefit of everyone, including students. I don’t understand why there’s a fuss about making Haryana a stakeholder in Panjab University. We have given representation at all levels and will continue striving for it,” said Gupta.
Sources said there were over six to seven colleges in the three districts.
For the past sometime, Panjab University had been a centre stage for state political parties to raise issues pertaining to changes in the governance reforms. Many political outfits have targeted the Centre and Captain Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Government.
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