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Decks cleared for Adarsh residential school at Punjabi University

Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times  Patiala, December 20, 2013
First Published: 20:19 IST(20/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:20 IST(20/12/2013)

In spite of criticism from different quarters, the Adarsh residential school will finally come up at the only available piece of land at Punjabi University.

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Confirming the development, education department officials said the stage is already set for the foundation stone-laying ceremony in the coming days.

With the coming up of this special school at the university campus, the university would not be left with any land for extension purposes which nullifies the plans of the authorities to build more hostels and buildings to house departments.

"We have completed all the formalities for the deal and possession of the land. The special school will be set up at the university land," confirmed education minister Sikander Singh Maluka.

Maluka said, "The land issue has been unnecessarily exaggerated as it is the government school, which we are going to set up at the university campus, which is run by the government and on the land provided by the state government in the past."
 
"We are just waiting for the nod from the chief minister's office (CMO) regarding the CM's availability for the foundation stone-laying ceremony," he added.

Following the failure of the government to acquire land for the same purpose at Karmgarh village on the Sirhind-Patiala road, the government had approached the university's senior officials who found themselves unable to turn down the government's proposal.

However, the authorities concerned have already started dumping building material at the construction site to prepare for the formal inauguration ceremony.

It may be mentioned here that the cash-strapped university had courted a controversy following the decision by the syndicate of the university to hand over 5.6 acre of prime land to the state government free of cost for opening of a special school. The market value of the land has been estimated at nearly Rs. 100 crore.

According to information, it is the only chunk of land available with the university for constructing new hostels and departments.

Students and faculty members had also condemned the university authorities for donating the land ignoring need of the university.

The students and teachers had also submitted signed representations but all in vain.

Former vice-chancellor of the university SS Boparai and member of Parliament from Ludhiana Manish Tiwari had also raised their voice against the university's decision.

The state government has decided to open six Adarsh residential schools across the state, especially for the students with more than 80% marks in their matriculation examination. After the schools are set up, the government is likely to hand over the schools to private parties.

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had recently laid foundation stones for these schools at Bathinda, Ludhiana and Jalandhar.

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