Under pressure to rollback its decision to abolish the Punjab domicile quota, with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal directing officials to explore all legal options to make the varsity fall in line, Thapar University (TU) has asked the state government to give it time till the chairman of the trust running the institute returns to India.
Chairman of the Thapar Education Trust Gautam Thapar and chairman of board of directors Sudhir Mohan Trehan were out of the country, TU authorities said. Gautam Thapar is chairman and CEO of the Avantha Group run by the Thapars while Trehan is vice-chairman of Crompton Greaves Ltd, a Thapar company.
"TU authorities have urged us to wait till Gautam and Trehan come back to India," said SS Channi, principal secretary, technical education.
He, however, said the department was looking at all legal options, and the government's preference was to maintain the status quo as far as admissions to undergraduate engineering courses were concerned.
Sources said the government was irked at the changing reasons being given by TU. "They (TU officials) are not dealing with the issue responsibly. While speaking to the government, the university cited UGC rules behind abolishing the quota, while in the detailed press release on their website, not even a single word was mentioned about any such rules," said an official of the technical education department.
On Wednesday, former state president of the National Students' Union of India Harpal Singh sat on an indefinite dharna outside the TU main gate, while youth Congress and BJP workers burnt the effigy of institute director Abhijit Mukherjee.
The Young Organisation of India said it would block traffic outside the campus.