The India Post Team, Chandigarh 17th Jume:According to press release, old stalwarts Prof. J.M. Jerath and Prof. N.S. Mann, both former presidents of PUTA, Prof. (retd.) Ajmer Singh, department of Punjabi and Prof. Govind Rakesh from DCS took command of the dharna site and went on fast on the 72nd day of the chain fast for central university status for Panjab University. Besides visiting a large number of colleagues from the campus, Sh Sushil Gupta, President, Citizen Forum of Human Rights also visited the site to extend full support from the Forum. Sh Gupta, along with his members of the Forum, also offered to sit on the chain fast on any suitable date decided by the Joint Action Committee.
Commenting on the crises of university education in India, Prof Ajmer Singh of Punjabi department suggested that not only the PU should be made central university, in fact all the universities of India should be fully funded by the Union Government through the University Grants Commission. It will give a boost to the sagging financial condition of the universities and also save resources of the states that could be utilised in the improvement of college education.
Prof. N.S. Mann, former President PUTA, said that the bureaucracy should brief the politicians about the right perspective and suggest them that there could not be any better solution to the problems of PU than declaring it a university of national heritage, with full funding from the government of India.
“To make PU an inter-state body corporate by the Parliament was an interim arrangement. It is a high time to freeze the University in the same status for more than 30 years, particularly when Haryana has already disaffiliated its colleges from the University. It is a time to put an end to the interim and uncertain status of Panjab University and let it be fully funded by the Union Government”, were the considered views of Prof. J.M. Jerath, who retired from the department of Psychology. “The University Calendar clearly mentions the central status of PU, the question however is how sooner we recognize the provisions of the calendar”, added Prof Jerath.