Panjab University wants Rs 2 crore from Chandigarh for roads, streetlights
The division bench of justice SS Saron and justice Avneesh Jhingan was hearing a suo motu petition initiated in 2016 after news reports had quoted VC AK Grover stating that due to freeze in grants by the Centre, the varsity faces immediate closurepunjab Updated: Jul 12, 2017 14:23 IST
The Panjab University (PU) on Tuesday told the Punjab and Haryana high court that the Chandigarh administration should be directed to bear the burden of road maintenance and upkeep of streetlights on its campus.
The court was informed that the varsity was annually spending ₹2 crore on maintenance of roads and streetlights on its campuses in Sector-25 and Sector-14. The vice-chancellor (VC) informed the court that since the university will no longer receive separate development grant for maintenance and upgradation of civic infrastructure, the UT administration should be asked to make some provisions to meet the university’s civic needs in its annual budget.
Later, the court issued notice to the Chandigarh municipal corporation and the UT administration seeking their response in this regard.
The division bench of justice SS Saron and justice Avneesh Jhingan was hearing a suo motu petition initiated in 2016 after news reports had quoted VC AK Grover stating that due to freeze in grants by the Centre, the varsity faces immediate closure.
During the hearing, the court was informed by additional solicitor general, Satya Pal Jain, that the Centre has decided to issue a ₹207-crore grant to the university for the financial year 2017-18. This, he said, is an increase from last year’s allotment of ₹198 crore. He also stated that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has been directed to make quarterly payments.
Haryana mulls affiliation of colleges from PU
Meanwhile, the Haryana government informed the court that it was working on a proposal of getting some colleges affiliated with the Panjab University. The VC has met senior government officials and some model for financial support is being worked out . The file on the issue is currently pending before the chief minister, the court was told.
Meanwhile, the high court also directed the Punjab government to submit details of arrears of university with the government.