The Punjab government has asked Thapar University to explain the reasons for the latter's decision to scrap 50% quota for students from Punjab in undergraduate engineering courses.
A day after HT reported the matter, principal secretary (technical education) SS Channi sought an explanation from the deemed university, which has so far cited guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the main reason.
"After having read the news report, we have asked the varsity administration to submit the proceedings of the meeting of its board of governors in which the decision to withdraw the quota was taken. We have also asked them about the UGC rules they are citing," Channi told HT, adding that as per information available with the technical education department before the HT report, "the quota for Punjab students stands".
Meanwhile, the move to abolish the quota came under fire from the Indian Student Organisation (ISO), which threatened a statewide agitation. "We will approach the central government," said ISO state president Ajay Thapar.
Congress MLA from Patiala Rural assembly segment and a former minister, Brahm Mohindra, issued a statement asking the state government to intervene and "protect the interests of the students from Punjab".
Applicants, too, were shocked to learn of the abolishment. Even as the university has published its prospectus for the admissions to be conducted through the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), the abolishment of the Punjab quota has not been publicised.