Shiromani Gurdwara prabandakh committee (SGPC) is going to come up with its second university in the state and has announced that Khalsa College, Patiala will be renamed into Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur University from next session.
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar accompanied by state minister for higher education and language Surjit Singh Rakhra made this announcement on Sunday during a function to mark th commencement of the college's campus for research and advanced studies at Dhablan, near Patiala, on Sunday.
The SGPC already has Shri Guru Granth Sahib World Universtiy at Fatehgarh Sahib under its gambit.
Khalsa college, which presently has a strength of over 5200 students was founded in 1960 through the tireless efforts of Padma Shri Khushdeva Singh. Renowned Sikh scholar Ganda Singh was its first principal. SGPC took over the college in 1991. The college presently runs 14 post graduation courses and more than 10 under-graduate courses.
"This land is pious due to the visit of ninth Guru Guru Tegh Bahadur centuries ago. It has been spiritually elating to announce the establishment of the university in Dhablan," Makkar said.
He added that the rapid progress made by the college is an example in itself as it currently offers a plethora of courses which make its stature equivalent to a university.
The premises at Dhablan, which will soon be converted into a University, will have six academic blocks, girls and boys hostels, staff quarters and a guest house. Rs 10 crore have already been released for the construction of the first academic block.
Addressing the gathering, Surjit Singh Rakhra said that it is very important to establish universities of high standard for the growth of Punjab and transformation of Khalsa college into a university will prove to be a milestone.
He assured that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal would provide necessary support for the establishment of this university.
College principal Dharminder Singh Ubha said the announcement of university par status is result of decorum maintained by the college in both academic and extra-curricular activities over the years.
"We will complete all prerequisites and send a detailed report to SGPC for final formalities", Ubha said