Punjab education minister Sikander Singh Maluka took serious exception to cancellation of entrance exam of MPhil given in punjabi medium by Panjab University, and sought the intervention of Vice President Hamid Ansari to reverse the decision.
Ansari is the chancellor of the university.
Maluka said, this was a "dangerous and strange" decision against Punjab and punjabi language that reflects "a systematic plan to decimate the language".
Punjab government would not tolerate neglect of punjabi language by Panjab University, which was being provided 60 % financial aid by the state government, added Maluka.
He said, Punjab has full right in Panjab University and protection of our mother tongue was the duty of the university administration.
He pointed out that even the country's highest civil services exam was also being allowed in punjabi medium.
Demanding Ansari's intervention, he said Punjab government would never tolerate "discrimination" with punjabi language and the university would have to withdraw this "anti-punjabi" language decision.
"The university students have every right to appear in any examination in their mother language, said Maluka, adding that taking in view the seriousness of the issue, SAD MPs from Punjab would soon call on the Prime Minister to discuss the issue.