Following ongoing Punjab University Students agitation against fee hike by ten times or more in certain courses, the university Grants Commission (UGC) has released a grant of INR 20 crore to Panjab University. But the money grant is not enough for the university to meet its requirements. It needed more than Rs.30 crore to pay monthly salaries to its employees. The university does not have enough funds to pay salaries and conduct exams. Last year, Panjab University received the grant of Rs. 44 crore.
The Punjab government seeks further time to decide about the increase in annual grant for Panjab University from Rs. 20 crore. Last year, the High Court had asked the state to take any action about this but the government counsels had been taking time on every hearing. The counsel informed the court that state had sanctioned 2 crore for Panjab University for April 2017. The state is seeking time, when it comes to increasing the grant. The State and Centre should release one time grant of Rs.60 crore and Rs.40 crore respectively. This amount will be kept as reserve and would be used at the time of delay in grants.
The vice chancellor of Panjab University has asked the High Court for the emergency grant of Rs.140 crore which they haven’t received yet. The UGC did not receive any instructions from the MHRD regarding this matter. Delaying this grant is causing student’s future in jeopardize. Please remember that students compete to get in the Punjab University, but if University financially in a bad shape then they should stop conducting exams so that students can search alternate. Because once they are in, they have no alternate left which caused frustration resulted in agitation, demonstration and lawlessness situation.
Justice S S Saron has asked the centre, why PU was not declared a central university so that the problem regarding central grants was resolved permanently. Satya Pal Jain, additional solicitor general of India, told the court that this was a contentious issue between the states of Punjab and Haryana.
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