The raging controversy over the establishment of a separate Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee for Haryana - which threatens to bring the states of Punjab and Haryana on a collision course - has a plausible way out if one takes into account the constitutional mechanism adopted in establishing the Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) and Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).
In contrast, the Haryana government will table a Bill on Friday in the assembly to pave way for the establishment of a separate body.
Ludhiana-based PAU was established in 1962 under the Punjab Agricultural University Act, 1961. Following the reorganisation of Punjab under the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, the Haryana Agricultural University was fashioned from the PAU by an Act of the Parliament - the Haryana and Punjab Agricultural Universities Act, 1970. This central legislation received the assent of the President on April 2, 1970. Simultaneously, the Punjab Agricultural University Act, 1961, was repealed.
The Act provided for establishment of two independent Agricultural Universities in place of the PAU.
The Act says the legislatures of Haryana and Punjab had passed resolutions in terms of clause (1) of Article 252 of the Constitution and matters enumerated in State List of the Seventh schedule to the Constitution. Legal experts point out that in the same manner a separate SGPC can be carved out for Haryana. "But it can only be done by an Act of Parliament in a legitimate manner in terms of clause 72 of Punjab Reorganisation Act," experts point out.