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Region's oldest commerce college doesn't have own building

The only institute, which has been imparting exclusive education in commerce for 68 years, Government Bikram College of Commerce is deprived of a building to call its own till date.

punjab Updated: May 14, 2013 21:49 IST
Mehakdeep Grewal

The only institute, which has been imparting exclusive education in commerce for 68 years, Government Bikram College of Commerce is deprived of a building to call its own till date.


The college has produced alumni like Naresh Goyal, founder of Jet Airways, many officers in state and public sector banks, IRS officers, many established chartered accountants, finance officers and bureaucrats, who have turned around the fortune of many companies and helped India face economic challenges.

But despite producing laureates from the region, it still awaits the dawn that will see the prestigious institution having its own building. Shifted from Faridkot to Patiala 58 years ago, the college is running from the state college of education premises, belying the tall claims of the Punjab government of providing proper infrastructure for higher education.

For the past 51 years, the college management has been giving hundreds of presentations to the authorities concerned, demanding land and funds to have its own building, but to no avail.

Former principal and alumnus of the college, KK Saxena said numerous proposals over the years for separate building appeared to have fallen on deaf ears, which shows the lackadaisical attitude of the department concerned. “With little yet significant efforts made by the alumni and Parent Teachers’ Association, the college has expanded on the same premises. The shortage of land has limited the intake of students,” he said.

The college presently offers BCom, MCom apart from traditional IT course. It was established by Raja Harinder Singh of Faridkot in the memory of his grandfather Raja Bikram Singh in 1945. The college was shifted to Patiala in 1955 and was affiliated to Panjab University. In 1962, the college got affiliated to Punjabi University and was shifted to the state college premises.

Principal Satinder Kaur said they have sent a proposal for allocation of land to construct another unit of classrooms in the present building to adjust more students in bachelor courses.“The last year’s cut-off for the college was 86.4 %.

With commerce stream gaining popularity, the cut-off is set to rise this year but due to shortage of space, we have no option but to limit the intake of students,” she said.