Chandigarh, August 4
There is no movement to change the status of Panjab University, Chandigarh, from state to a central university, the government said in parliament. Responding to a question from Vikramjit Singh Sahney, RS member, MoS for Education, Subhas Sarkar said that regarding the conversion of state universities and colleges into central universities, the ministry had made a policy decision against the ministry due to past problems, adaptation of existing staff and the connection of universities of applied sciences.
He said this in response to a question from AAP Rajya Sabha member Vikramjeet Sawhney on Wednesday.
The Minister said: “The Panjab University was established under the Punjab University Act, 1947, and is an interstate legal entity under the provisions of Section 72 of the Panjab Reorganization Act, 1966. As to the conversion of state universities/colleges into central universities, this Ministry has made a policy decision not to convert such universities into central universities due to legacy issues, adjustment of existing staff and exit of affiliated colleges.”