In a setback to the Punjab government's tactics to press Thapar University to roll back abolition of domicile quota for Punjab students, the university management has cited "legal compulsions" behind the move.
At a meeting of university officials with SS Channi, principal secretary, Technical Education, in Chandigarh on Monday, the university management expressed its helplessness in rolling back the move, citing a few legalities, and saying it had published the prospectus for admission of students for undergraduate courses in 2012-13.
However, the university, before giving a final reply to the government, has decided to consult Gautam Thapar, chairman of the Thapar Education Trust that runs the institute; chairman of Avantha Group, a business house of Thapars; and Sudhir Mohan Trehan, chairman of Board of Governors (BoGs). The university would give its final decision on Tuesday, said Channi. From the university, its director Abhijit Mukherjee and BoG vice-chairman JS Neerav attended the meet.
Channi said the university officials had cited a few "legal compulsions" in rolling back the move, the main reason being the publication of the prospectus.
"But we have categorically conveyed to them that since they had scrapped the quota without any prior intimation to the state government and in a sudden and secretive way, the government will not accept any such move and will take the issue to its logical conclusion," said Channi.
This is for the second time that the management has conveyed to the government that they would consult their bosses; it had done the same at its first meeting with the government officials on April 24.
Channi said, "I have conveyed to the university management that if the prospectus for admissions has been published or even distributed, it didn't matter. Since they have abolished the quota behind the government's back, they should declare the status quo."
Meanwhile, Anti-Terrorist Front president Maninderjeet Singh Bitta will join the dharna being undertaken by former NSUI state president Harpal Singh outside the university gate to oppose the university move.