PUCA demanded uniformity in policies of IKG-PTU, Jalandhar & MRS-PTU, Bathinda
Ludhiana, April 13, 2017: A delegation of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) met with the Technical Education Minister, Sh.Charanjit Singh Channi under the leadership of Dr.Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA. The office bearers of PUCA including S.Gurfateh Singh, Vice President, PUCA; S.Gurpreet Singh, General Secretary, PUCA; CA Manmohan Garg, Treasurer, PUCA etc were also present on the meeting. The delegation highlighted the problems being faced by small unaided colleges of Punjab.
While discussing, Dr. Anshu Kataria highlighted that after the completion of tenure of former Vice Chancellor of IKG-PTU, Jalandhar, the Government didn’t appointed new VC of the University. PUCA further requested that IKG-PTU should appoint the new Vice Chancellor at the earliest.
S. Gurpreet Singh said that there are two technical Universities in Punjab i.e IKG-PTU, Jalandhar and MRS-PTU, Bathinda. Due to non-uniformity of rules and regulations of both these universities, the affiliated Colleges are facing lot of problems.
S. Gurfateh Singh Gill while speaking said that over 450 crore under Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) scheme for the year 2015-16 is still lying towards the Centre Government. PUCA further urged the minister to follow with the Centre Government for the release of SC/ST scholarship amount at the earliest so that the colleges can be relieved from the financial burdens.
CA Manmohan Garg while speaking said said that many of the organizations have borrowed huge debt to create the infrastructure required to fulfill the records of AICTE, New Delhi. But banks have always been treating this sector as normal commercial sector and used to charge high rate of interest to self financed colleges as well as to the students. Garg demanded that education sector should be treated as priority sector and colleges should be financed on cheaper rates while students should get interest free education loan.
Minister while assuring said that the Government would put every possible effort to save the unaided technical colleges of Punjab. He said that his ministry would do best efforts to make Punjab as a destination for Technical Education. Minister further said that the Government would soon follow up with the central Government also for the release of PMS scholarship at the earliest.