Both the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) plan to scrap the decision to set up a private university on the campus of Khalsa College in Amritsar. The parties’ leaders were reacting a day after the Punjab cabinet cleared the decks for establishing ‘Khalsa University’.
State Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh urged chief minister Parkash Singh Badal not to pass any act for it in the assembly. “The college is a part of our Khalsa history and heritage and I promise that the day the Congress forms the government, we will restore its status,” Amarinder said in a statement issued in Amritsar on Wednesday. However, the college management has already said the heritage building of Khalsa College will stay untouched and the college will continue to remain as it is, while the university will come up separately.
Questioning the logic of setting up the university next to Guru Nanak Dev University, he said the government should rather have set one up in southern Punjab where there is none.
AAP spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira issued a statement in Chandigarh that “formation of Khalsa University is an attempt by the Majithia family to grab the prestigious land of heritage Khalsa College”. “We will scrap the decision once we come to power,” he added.