Punjab CM rejects any change to Panjab University’s status
Capt’s Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar had earlier this month urged the Centre to restore his state’s share in Panjab University.Updated: Jul 31, 2018 11:57 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Rejecting any move to change the status of Panjab University, Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has written to Union home minister Rajnath Singh stating that his government is open to increasing the grant-in-aid for the varsity.
In the letter, Capt asserted that the Haryana government could not take advantage of the ongoing proceedings in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
“The transitory financial resources problem and its resolution by the statutory stakeholders do not permit the Government of Haryana to turn back the clock,” he wrote, according to an official statement on Monday.
Capt’s Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar had earlier this month urged the Centre to restore his state’s share in Panjab University. This had come days after Khattar reiterated Haryana’s claim on Chandigarh, asking Punjab to consider making New Chandigarh its capital.
The proposal of the Haryana government for restoration of the state’s share in the university is “historically, logically, rationally and culturally unsustainable,” wrote Capt, adding that “the state of Haryana cannot arrogate to itself the privilege of altering history as and when it wishes.”
The Punjab chief minister pointed out that as the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, the maintenance deficit grants to the university were shared and paid by the states concerned — Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and UT administration — in the ratio of 20:20:20:40, but Haryana and Himachal Pradesh decided to withdraw from this sharing arrangement in 1976.
‘Consultative process needed’
Commenting on the varsity’s financial health, Capt said it managing and conducting its affairs unilaterally.
“The state government has increased the grant-in-aid from Rs 20 crore to Rs 27 crore during the current financial year, which amounts to an increase of 35%. This substantial increase may not be commensurate with the needs of the university, but this is due to the reason that there is no bilateral consultative process in place through which the university’s financial management is affected,” he added.
The need of the hour, said the chief minister, was to create a financial balance through a consultative process, vis-a-vis the university and the Punjab government, so that a concrete plan or vision document for reasonable period, for example 10 years, may be charted out.
First Published: Jul 31, 2018 11:57 IST