At a special senate meeting on Thursday to discuss the issue of the release of an additional grant of Rs 30.5 crore by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to Panjab University, vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover said they will soon take up the issue of central status for the varsity with the ministry of home affairs (MHA).
“The home ministry must see that the UGC has a representative here. They can issue a directive that a UGC official should be an ex-officio member in the senate or the syndicate. We are still short of ex-officio members,” said Prof Grover.
He proposed to write to the ministry following an interim order on January 19 passed by the Punjab and Haryana high court. The UGC had filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the interim order.
He said since no decision has been taken on proposals the senate has sent in the past five-six years, the UGC and the ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) must take a call before the recommendations of seventh pay commission are implemented.
Release funds in time, senators urge Centre
Senators expressed a serious concern over the unprecedented financial crisis staring at the university due to an inordinate delay in the release of funds, resulting in non-payment of salaries at times. The senators also stated urged the Centre to take necessary steps to ensure timely release of funds in future so that the university does not have to face a similar crisis again.
UGC chairman will not visit PU now
VC shared that UGC chairman earlier had agreed to visit the PU campus on March 21 but after the UGC filed a SLP in Supreme court, he had received a message that the chairman is pre-occupied thus will not be able to come.