Varsity row: Council to move court

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AmritsarPosted at: May 31, 2017, 1:06 AM; last updated: May 31, 2017, 1:06 AM (IST)Announces to challenge ordinance that abrogates Khalsa University


A view of Khalsa University in Amritsar. Tribune Photo

Neeraj Bagga

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 30


A day after Governor VP Singh Badnore approved an ordinance to abrogate Khalsa University (KU), the Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) has announced to challenge it in the court.
The fate of over 200 students and more than 100 teaching and non-teaching employees is hanging in the balance following the decision.
The move of the state government has put the future of the existing batch of students, who were to enter the second year of various professional courses, in jeopardy.
The admission process at Khalsa University has already suffered a setback following Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s statement on scrapping the legislation under which the university came into being on the historic campus of Khalsa College in Amritsar.
Though the government had announced to safeguard the students’ future by shifting them to Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) or other private universities, it is not aware of the fact that most of the students have enrolled in courses not offered by any other university in the state.
Pardeep Singh, who was preparing for the second semester, said, “We will be affected the most by this political war. We have not been able to concentrate on our studies ever since the news came up.”
Another student Mandeep Kaur is concerned about the fate of degrees to be received from Khalsa University. “If the KCGC loses the legal battle, our degrees might be nullified”, she said.
KU VC Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia requested the government to sympathetically reconsider its decision keeping in view the career of students and employees.
KCGC honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, who is also Khalsa University’s Pro-Chancellor, said the KCGC had constituted a team of legal experts to challenge the government’s decision. It was contemplating to take legal recourse against the government move, he added.
The Pro-Chancellor said the KCGC had spared Rs 200 crore to raise the university and had already invested Rs 50 crore.
Chhina said, “A hue and cry was raised over changing the status of Khalsa College. We have kept it untouched. It is an autonomous institution run under the GNDU. The university was elevated by utilising our existing infrastructure spread over 300 acres where we offer professional courses like agriculture, civil aviation, marine, forestry, fisheries, dairy sciences, animal husbandry, pharmaceutical and health sciences. These were never on the agenda of the GNDU so there is no question of competition.”
The university had commenced its first session in August 2016 and its ordinance was scrapped on April 19.
The Cabinet has decided there was no point to set up an additional university in Amritsar. There are already many reputed higher educational institutes in the city.
Fate of students hangs in the balance 

  • The fate of over 200 students and more than 100 teaching and non-teaching employees is hanging in the balance following the decision. 
  • The admission process at Khalsa University has already suffered a setback following Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s statement on scrapping the legislation under which the university came into being on the historic campus of Khalsa College in Amritsar

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