AMRITSAR, Punjab—The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) has strongly criticized Ganganagar (Rajasthan) based “University of Kota” also called “Kota University” for banning an Amritdhari Sikh student from entering the examination hall because of his Kirpan.
He said that many foreign countries have allowed Sikhs to wear Kirpans but it was unfortunate that Sikhs were being treated as “slaves” in India. In a statement SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said ” The Kirpan, is one of the essential articles of faith that a Sikh must wear at all times, but the administration of Kota University did not allow an Amritdhari Sikh to enter the examination hall because he was wearing a kirpan.” Jaswinder Singh was to take part in the examination for the course of “Registered Medical Practitioner” (RMP).
“Kota University’s move has hurt the sentiments of the global Sikh community”, SGPC statement reads.
Avtar Singh Makkar said that Kota University administration should withdraw it’s “Aurangzeb-style” order and allow Sikh students to take part in the examination. He said that special arrangement should be made for Jagwinder Singh so that he could take part in exam that he missed because of the university’s wrongful restrain. He said that if the university administration fails to act as per SGPC’s demands, legal action shall be fired against them.