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MHRD panel visits Sangrur institute

punjab Updated: May 15, 2013 21:01 IST
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A two-member panel constituted by the union ministry of human resource development visited Sant Langowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, a deemed university, 15 km from here, on Tuesday for the first time to take stock of the situation after students went on rampage on May 6.

The MHRD had constituted a panel comprising retired judge of Punjab and Haryana high court SN Aggarwal and retired bureaucrat RP Aggarwal to look into the reasons behind the protest. The panel will submit its report to the authorities concerned.

The committee will also carry out a detailed inquiry into the complaints and allegations of students and faculty against the director and his management team for over a period of five years.

Demanding resignation of director Sunil Pandey, the students had created ruckus and set the record room, laboratories and several vehicles and rooms on fire besides damaging public property.

During his one-hour stay on the campus, a panel member along with SLIET chairman SP Oswal inspected the damaged property, including administration block, director house, SET (SLEIT Entrance Test) office, rest house, computer block, auditorium and other places.

Director Sunil Pandey along with registrar AS Dhaliwal and other senior functionaries accompanied him during the inspection.

The university authorities estimated the damage nearly Rs 12 crore and it might take two years to complete the renovation work.

Sources said the panel would again visit the campus after a few days and would stay to record statements of the director, his management team, faculty members, students and district administration authorities before compiling the report. The panel would also seek public opinion over the issue.

Deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul and senior superintendent of police Mandeep Singh Sidhu also briefed the panel members on the sequence of events.

Notably, the management had decided to close down the institute for an indefinite period to carry out renovation of the building damaged during the rampage and to recreate a congenial atmosphere for academics and to hold examinations, which had been postponed due to the unrest.

The decision to open the campus would be taken after reviewing law and order situation on June 2.