PU Syndicate discusses plight of constituent colleges
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The Syndicate meeting held here on Sunday at the Panjab University (PU) campus witnessed a lengthy discussion on the plight of the three constituent colleges located in Punjab. It was debated that the Punjab government is not giving grants to these three colleges located at Balachor, Singwala and in district Malout.
Syndics put forth that the expenditure of these colleges come out to be Rs 1.5 crore and that the government is paying around Rs 75 lakh, that too not on time, and in instalments. Moreover these colleges also lack regular staff.
The Syndicate members further stressed that if the state is not in a position to run these three colleges, then PU may take them under its control.
Replying to this, the Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover apprised the House that his meeting with the Punjab education secretary is due for March 5 wherein he will raise all the issues with him and relay the decision to the Syndics.
Secondly the PU authorities came under criticism for floating a proposal to open a varsity account in HDFC Bank. The House asserted that as per the regulations mentioned in the university calendar, only SBI bank can be asked for a new account. The V-C again assured the House that he would look into the matter.
Secondly, the Panjab University authorities came under criticism when an issue in which the varsity had opened its bank account in HDFC bank, for online submission of fees by the students, came for approval.
The Syndics held that in accordance with the regulations mentioned in the PU calendar, the varsity can open any new account only in the State Bank of India and cannot do so in private banks like HDFC Bank.
The syndics rejected the proposal and asserted that the account should be opened in the SBI Bank only and the V-C, agreeing to the contentions raised by the House, said that he would look into the matter.
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