The Punjab assembly on Friday passed seven Bills, including those related to setting up of new universities, before it was adjourned sine die.
The assembly passed the Bills unanimously without much debate. However, the Bills pertaining to setting up of Chandigarh University saw participation of both treasury and opposition benches.
Chandigarh University Bill, Adesh University Bill, Punjab Common Infrastructure (Regulation and Maintenance) Bill, Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation (Amendment) Bill, Punjab Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, Punjab Municipal Fund (Amendment) Bill and Punjab Municipal (Amendment) Bill were adopted by the House during the day.
Congress member Brahm Mohindra said that the state government had set up an ayurvedic university recently which was awaiting recognition from the Centre.
Mohindra claimed that teachers were brought in from different places at the time of inspection of private colleges and institutions affecting students.
Mohindra expressed concern that Baba Farid University was yet to hand over degrees to about 2,000 students in its affiliated colleges in the state. He also said that MBBS interns were paid only Rs 150 a day.
Leader of the Opposition, Sunil Kumar Jakhar, alleged that there were discrepancies in the Bills circulated to members of the House on Thursday and Friday. "There is overwriting and cutting in these Bills and those responsible for it should be held accountable," he said.
Welcoming the step of setting up of deemed universities in the state, Jakhar said that these should not become profit-making organisations.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said that he had taken up the matter of setting up a world class university in the state with the Centre, which informed him that the proposal had been put on hold.
Welcoming the setting up of private universities, Badal said these should be affordable and the fees demanded by such institutions must be reasonable.