SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, in Hoshiarpur district, already under fire after conducting three exams of MSc-chemistry before the scheduled dates, is also yet to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh imposed on it by the Panjab University syndicate on April 26 for having admitted more students than the prescribed limit.
Apparently, PU has not followed up the decision taken by its own syndicate and is re-reconsidering the fine. The fine was arguably the first time that a college had been penalised in such a case, and was seen as the syndicate's attempt to set a precedent.
Recently, the same college had held exams as per an old datesheet in May-June and those fourth-semester exams are now to be held again on July 2, 5 and 8.
As for the fine, it had come after it was learnt that the college was repeatedly admitting more students than the prescribed strength. Also, the syndicate had ruled that whatever fee that had been charged from the students admitted above the prescribed limit should be deposited with the varsity. However, till date the college is yet to do any of that.
The issue was debated in the senate after the April 26 syndicate meet where the college principal said it was not right on part of the PU authorities to charge such a fine, because as per rules the varsity had no such powers. Principal SS Randhawa categorically said no to paying the fine, and the debate has since been raging.
PU dean, college development council, (DCDC) Naval Kishore told HT, "The fine is being reconsidered and as of now no final decision has been taken."
The syndics appear peeved; one said on the condition of anonymity: "There has to be some sanctity of the syndicate. If any decision has to be reconsidered it should be brought back to the syndicate for that."