CHANDIGARH, Punjab—The Congress led Punjab government on April 20 trashed the Khalsa University Act passed by its predecessor government giving recognition to Khalsa University. The Punjab government has dubbed it as an attempt to save the heritage character of Khalsa College building.
Speaking with the media, a government official on basis on anonymity said that the University status was being trashed to save historic Khalsa College from losing its heritage status by falling prey to privatization. He also cited that the Government observed that there was no logic in establishing a new university in Amritsar which already had a reputed running state university i.e. Guru Nanak Dev University.
Reacting sharply to the Punjab government’s decision, the Khalsa College governing council has termed it as a manifestation of Vendetta politics by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Ruling out the Punjab Government’s accusation of diluting of heritage character of Khalsa College building, Chairman of Khalsa College governing council Satyajit Singh Majithia said that the University was housed in a separate building so how could it dilute the heritage character of Khalsa College building. He added that the governing council would seek suggestion from legal experts to tackle Punjab government’s move.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet minister Manpreet Badal has made it clear that the Punjab government would not jeopardize the future of 300 students studying in Khalsa University and they will be adjusted in Khalsa College or other in some other University as per their choice.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org