Punjabi University demands Rs 140 cr special grant

The CM has said the govt will soon find a solution to the varsity’s financial mess

Punjabi University demands Rs 140 cr special grant

Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 4

Punjabi University, Patiala, has now demanded immediate special grant of Rs 140 crore from the government to free it from financial constraints. In a slew of meetings that took place recently, the university said it has also demanded that its grant for the next financial year should be doubled.

Pointing towards “haphazard recruitments” done during the previous SAD-BJP regime, CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday said the government would soon find a solution to the university’s financial mess. The CM said at times 10 people were recruited in the university against one sanctioned post.

Meanwhile, the university said university Vice-Chancellor Prof BS Ghuman had held a number of meetings with representatives of the state government wherein the demands were made.

Prof Ghuman met Finance Minister Manpreet Singh in the presence of Minister, Higher Education, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Principal Secretary Finance KAP Sinha and Secretary Higher Education Rahul Bhandari.

The VC’s office also demanded release of grant of Rs 20 crore for immediate payment of salary and pension along with a request not to adjust the previous special grant of Rs 20 crore released in July against the grant sanctioned for the constituent colleges.

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