One of the oldest and the only government college at Fazilka has courted a controversy as Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has written to the state government to initiate action against the institution following alleged violation of rules and regulations.
Authorities of MR Government College, Fazilka, had been charged with violating various norms of the university, including admitting students more than allowed. Against 80 permissible seats, 400 students were admitted in the physical education subject for graduation in the arts stream, revealed sources.
Recently, high drama was witnessed when PU had reportedly denied roll numbers to more than 100 students who were allegedly admitted against norms.
Seeing a bleak future, students went on a strike and after much effort the college authorities somehow succeeded to secure their roll numbers.
On various occasions, the college authorities had been served warnings and notices by the university. A two-member team comprising senator Sandeep Dhuria and Sanjeev Arora was formed by the university to look into various violations during 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic sessions.
"The investigating team found some discrepancies in the functioning of the college and submitted its report to the university," said official sources while pleading anonymity.
After a meeting, the university syndicate, in a letter to the university authorities, had sought stern action against the college, sources said.
The university had sent a copy of abovementioned letter to the principal secretary (higher education) and principal of MR Government College.
When contacted, Tribhuwan Kumar, principal of MR Government College, Fazilka, acknowledged that a letter had been written from Panjab University.
"Presently, we are busy conducting the university exams and would submit a reply to the university or the state government after the exams are over," said Tribhuwan.
MR college was set up on the land donated by the local Aggarwal family before independence in 1940. In 1957, the state government took over the college.