Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar has charged the Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, authorities with a bias towards the Punjabi language.
In a communique to Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, who is also the PU chancellor, the SGPC chief pointed out to the decision of the university authorities not to conduct the admission test for its Ph D courses in Punjabi medium.
"The decision of the university is unfortunate and highly condemnable. It would jeopardise the future of thousands of students who are pursuing their studies in political science, history and other social sciences in Punjabi medium," Makkar said in the letter released to the media here on Thursday.
He pointed out that the law department of the PU held its admission test in Hindi, Punjabi and English mediums. Moreover, the university, in its calendar, imposed on itself the responsibility of growth of regional languages and had also conferred the degree of D Lit on Punjabi writers like Gurdial Singh, he said.
"All this has exposed the dual policy of Panjab University, which, now, seems least interested in the growth of Punjabi language," Makkar claimed in the letter, while urging Ansari to look into the matter so that the future of students of Punjabi medium could be safeguarded.
The PU on Thursday decided to allow Hindi and Punjabi mediums for Ph D entrance test in the departments of music and Indian theatre at PU. Dean University Instructions Prof AK Bhandari said the university had always been eager to encourage Hindi and Punjabi languages in the university. Various departments were given the option to conduct Ph D entrance tests in Hindi and Punjabi medium also. Bhandari said the two departments had agreed to this. "If any other department would like to conduct the Ph D entrance tests in Hindi and Punjabi medium, we would consider it," he added.