Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann opposes conversion of Punjab University into central university, writes to Amit Shah


Prime Minister Bhagwant Mann

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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann writes to Union Home Minister Amit Shah asking for his intervention to prevent any move that would convert Punjab University into a central university. Bhagwant Mann seeks support from Amit Shah and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Opposing the decision, Punjab CM says, “The state government vehemently opposes such a move by the Government of India to examine the feasibility of converting Punjab University into a central university.”
The Punjab CM is to seek the intervention of the center after the High Court ordered the Center to consider the possibility of converting the University of the Punjab into a central university. The high court had ruled on a plea from a former Panjab University professor, and set August 30 as the next hearing date in the case.

Calling the University of Punjab a heritage of the state, Bhagwant Mann said that the University holds an emotional place in the hearts of the people of Punjab for historical, cultural and provincial reasons. According to a PTI report, Mann reminded the two leaders that at the time of the reorganization of the Punjab state in 1966, the Punjab University was declared an ‘Inter State Body Corporate’ under section 72(1) of the Punjab Reorganization Act 1966. enacted by Parliament.

Prior to this, many student bodies also staged a protest in Chandigarh to oppose this statement by the High Court. Bhagwant Mann first highlighted the legacy that Punjab University sees and wrote that Punjab has continued to support Punjab University to ensure that the historical and emotional attachment of the people of Punjab with the university is maintained and preserved.

On the economic front, Bhagwant Mann said the state government currently gives a grant of Rs 42 crore to the university every year, in addition to almost Rs 100 crore collected every year by the university from affiliated colleges. located in Punjab.


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