IEP Chandigarh, June 5
An important meeting was held today under the chairmanship of Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Sh. Banwarilal Purohit with Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal and Punjab Chief Minister, Sh. Bhagwant Mann, on various issues related to Panjab University, Chandigarh. A detailed discussion was held on the issue of affiliation of Haryana colleges with Panjab University, Chandigarh. The next round of meeting regarding the matter will be held on July 3.
Sh. Banwarilal Purohit said that India’s culture has been to disseminate education and people from all over the world used to come to get education in Takshashila and Nalanda University. “That is why giving opportunities for education to children is a positive thinking. In this regard, the colleges of Haryana should be given affiliation from Panjab University,” he added. He said that colleges in Haryana’s three districts – Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar, should be given the option of affiliation with Panjab University.
Along with districts of Haryana, colleges of Punjab’s Mohali and Rupnagar should also be given affiliation: Manohar Lal
In the meeting, Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal said that in the interest of the students, the colleges of the state should be given the option of affiliation with Panjab University. Both the states will proceed in a friendly manner, he added.
He said that along with the colleges in three districts – Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar, colleges in Punjab’s Mohali and Rupnagar districts should also be given affiliation with Panjab University.
“Delhi University is building its campus in Haryana. Apart from this, the campus of IIT, Delhi is also coming up in the state. Expanding education and affiliation of the colleges will provide many new opportunities to students of Haryana,” said Sh. Manohar Lal.
Punjab adamant against Haryana’s proposal for college affiliation
In the meeting, Punjab Chief Minister, Sh. Bhagwant Mann remained adamant against the proposal of Haryana for affiliation of colleges. He said that Punjab is helpless on the issue of affiliation of Haryana colleges with Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Varsity gets only 7 to 14 percent of budget against Punjab’ share of 40 percent
Giving information related to the budget in Panjab University, Chandigarh, it was apprised that the varsity has been facing financial crisis for years. Chandigarh has 60 percent share in the university and Punjab has 40 percent share. In the last 10 years, the university has received an average of Rs 200-300 crore per year from the Centre.
While in the last 10 years only Rs 20-21 crores have been received from Punjab on an average per year. In the year 2020-21, an amount of Rs 39 crore was released by Punjab. Overall, the university gets only 7 to 14 percent of the budget as against Punjab’s share of 40 percent.
Punjab Education Minister, Sh. Harjot Singh Bains, Haryana Chief Secretary, Sh. Sanjeev Kaushal, Advisor to UT Administrator, Sh. Dharam Pal, Punjab Chief Secretary, Sh. Vijay Kumar Janjua, Chandigarh Home Secretary, Sh. Nitin Yadav, Director, Higher Education, Haryana, Sh. Rajeev Rattan, Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, Prof Renu Vig along with senior officials of Punjab and Chandigarh were also present in the meeting.