The Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association (GNDUTA) has opposed the latest move of vice-chancellor AS Brar to lease out 10 acres to the Punjab government for opening a model school.
This land transfer is an attempt to please the chief minister so that the government takes a lenient view of the complaints against the V-C, GNDUTA president Devinder Singh and secretary Lakhwinder Singh have suggested in a statement issue here on Thursday. "It's an open sellout of the university's assets for personal favors and gains," said Devinder Singh.
Teachers alleged that the V-C had earlier surrendered the university's legitimate claim to Basti Nau campus of in Jalandhar. "In spite of the university's winning the case in the lower court, the V-C decided on his own to submit an affidavit in the high court about giving up the claim," said Lakhwinder Singh. "This was done without the approval of the university's statutory bodies," he added.
Teachers have asked chief minister Prakash Singh Badal to look for an alternative site for the proposed model school. "We'll cooperate with the government in promoting the cause of education but we'll not let the proposal harm the university in any way," said Devinder Singh.
To the university's annual budget of Rs 240 crore, the state contributes only Rs 36 crore. "In order to meet its cost, the university has had to increase fee many times, and now it's the costliest university in the region," said Lakhwinder Singh.
"The university needs land for future growth, to build new academic departments, stadiums, hostels, community centres and green zones," he further said, adding on the government's request, the university had also given away 10 acres to the upcoming heritage village. "If the university keeps parting with large chunks of space, it will be left with no land for future expansion," said Devinder Singh.
The GNDUTA called upon all members of the university's syndicate and senate to halt this proposal. The association has also requested the local legislator, parliamentarian and welfare organisations to protect the university's interests.