Punjab News Express
AMRITSAR: Historic Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) today called the decision by state government to scrap Khalsa University as most `unfortunate’. The top functionaries of the varsity said they are seeking legal opinion to `save’ the University which has already registered more than 300 students in various classes from Ph.D to post-graduate and graduate following government’s nod to the varsity in August 2016.
KU Chancellor Satayjit Singh Majithia and Pro-Chancellor Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina in a joint statement said the petty and vendetta politics is being played to kill the educational project which is boon for the education sector in the border region. They said false propaganda is being unleashed that Khalsa University threatens historic Khalsa College.
“There is not even an iota of truth in the argument that varsity hampers the heritage building. The College is functioning as an autonomous institution and University is coming up in separate buildings’’, said Majithia. The KCGC which was set up in 1890 and established the iconic Khalsa College in 1892, which is one of the most premier educational institution of the country, is a democratically elected body which is running Khalsa College and Khalsa University separately.
Chhina hit out at chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh for playing to the gallery of the lobbyists and did not try to find the truth behind the project. He said the government establishes educational institutions and perhaps it for the first time that a government is scrapping the University for `political reasons’. He said they are in consultation with the legal experts and would do everything to save the future of 300 students who have taken admission in various classes.
``It was dream of founding fathers to set up the University but it was thwarted by the then British government as College was involved in freedom struggle. Now that the Varsity is a reality, Captain playing in the hands of lobbyists is scrapping the most ambitious educational project’’, said Majithia adding that they stand with the students, faculty and staff in the our of crisis. He further said that false base is being made that chunk of land has been taken away from Kahlsa College while the fact is that the land is already earmarked to the already established Colleges which are part of the University and no more land is taken away.
This is a multi-faculty professional University which focuses on skilled oriented vocational courses apart from research and formal education in diverse subjects. The classes for subjects including Agriculture, Engineering, Pharmacy, Nursing, Education, Physical Education, Languages, Sikh History, Law, Library Sciences, Medical Lab Technology and Journalism had already been opened.