Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday urged union human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal to ensure restoration of the 50% quota for students from Punjab in undergraduate engineering courses at Thapar University.
In a letter to Sibal, Badal sought his 'intervention' so that "no step-motherly treatment is meted out to Punjab students by TU or the UGC".
The letter details how TU, a deemed university, abolished the quota at a meeting of its board of governors on February 24, under agenda item 76.18. TU cited UGC guidelines as the reason for the abolition, exclusively reported by HT on April 10.
Badal's letter mentioned that TU came up as an 'institute of excellence' on account of the state's contributions, mainly grant-in-aid and other financial aid under government schemes. "The university is not in the present shape on its own, but due to active financial and in-kind support of the state government," Badal wrote. He said other deemed universities like the National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, and Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, still have 50% seats reserved under the state quota.