Name missing from PEC plaques, Kirron Kher says BJP not being given credit for work

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 21, 2016 12:57 IST
One of the three plaques without the MP’s name; PEC University of Technology officials have apologised. (Keshav Singh/HT)

Taking strong offence to her name missing from three foundation plaques, that she jointly inaugurated, at the PEC University of Technology on Saturday, city member of Parliament Kirron Kher publicly expressed her disappointment and pulled up varsity director Manoj K Arora by asking him to ‘take note’.

Four projects — Kalpana Chawla Girls Hostel, PEC Community centre and Mango grooves and a new Academic Block — were launched on Friday. Of these, only the academic block plaque that was inaugurated last carried her name.

“My office had confirmed to the PEC management well in advance that I will be attending the inauguration. I am really disappointed that my name is missing from three plaques and on the fourth, my name is below all others. This is not the first time, such a thing has happened. The BJP has been doing a lot of work, but no credit has been given to us. I have been taking demands from PEC to the Centre. I feel really bad,” Kirron said.

After this reaction, PEC officials apologised on the behalf of the varsity for the lapse. Arora, whose appointment as director was quashed by the high court on Thursday, said, “This has been a mistake. The plaques will be changed soon.”

Kirron added, “My close relatives have been associated with this institute. I have never had to take up such an issue. The director should take note. Even protocol demanded that my name be there.”

The plaques had just three names Punjab and Haryana governor and UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki and UT adviser Parimal Rai.

Even as she expressed his disappointment, Kirron reiterated her support in helping PEC get the coveted IIT tag. In his address, Solanki said institutes like the PEC University must also ensure that it gave back to the nation.

Other guests at the event included PU vice-chancellor Arun Grover; UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh; technical education secretary KK Jindal; joint secretary and director technical education Captain Karnail Singh; councillor from ward-12 Saurabh Joshi and Chandigarh state BJP president Sanjay Tandon.

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