Alleging that the Khalsa College Governing Council had ‘things to hide’, local Congress leader Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majithia has condemned it for denying entry to Amritsar MP and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Captain Amarinder Singh earlier this week.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Lalli said, “I am not against any university, but I am against the intention of the management of Khalsa College behind the move. The non-transparent approach and the the intention to conceal and distort facts is not acceptable. The council has to make sure that questions put to them are answered. They also need to ensure visionaries and educationists need to be part of the process.”
“If the doors can be closed on Captain who is such a senior leader, then it is clear that the management is scared. We will not allow them to grab the land donated by many. If they wanted to make a Sikh University, then it could have been on some other land and why have they chosen their own land. It is clear they plan to make it private property and we will not let this happen. If need be, the Captain will visit the college again,” he added.
On a query, he said, “We are not doing any politics. The heritage of the Khalsa College would not be thought of, once the university is set up.”
He also accused the Khalsa College management of distorting facts in books printed by them, claiming that books published by the Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (SGPC) reflected the facts.
“The land and finances for the Khalsa College were donated by both Sikhs and non-Sikh families and the government. Around 700 acres was consolidated at Kot Khalsa from proceeds of land sold which was donated in other parts of Punjab. Dr Sohan Singh ( an Amritsar based famous eye surgeon), in order to secure the properties and assets on the name of Khalsa College made an agreement with the then Deputy Commissioner that lands and assets of Khalsa College can neither be transferred nor sold,” he claimed.
“A society willing to establish a private university must be an independent Society. The Khalsa College Society is an independent body, but the Khalsa College Management Society and the Khalsa College Charitable Trust are not independent bodies. No college can be affiliated to a private university under the law,” he claimed.