Amritsar/Ludhiana/Chandigarh, October 13, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh today said the up-liftment of higher education was top-most priority of the current state government and they would address all the pending administrative and financial issues of the aided colleges with an open heart.
He announced this while interacting with a high-level-15-member-delegation of Non-Government Aided Colleges Management Federation (NGCMF), Punjab and Chandigarh at Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh today.
The delegation, headed by NGCMF President, Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina apprised honourable Minister about the various burning issues confronting the Aided Colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh. The NGCMF, which is a non-political and non-religious organization of 142 Non-Government College Managements in Punjab and Chandigarh, has been lately fighting for a number of challenges in the near past.
“It was a highly fruitful meeting and the Minister gave us a patience hearing and understood all the issues in detail. He assured that all structural and administrative decisions would be shortly announced to address the matters as giving boost to the higher education was their priority”, said Chhina after the meeting.
He said Minister appreciated the role of the aided colleges for their role in imparting education. Off late it has become very difficult to manage private colleges on account of various reasons including of DPI and Higher Education department into the affairs of the Colleges which is undermining the autonomies of the educational institutions.
The delegation asked the Minister to save the higher education and demanded that the 75% deficit grant in aid scheme should be scrapped immediately and the old pattern of 95% grant in aid scheme should be restored for all categories of teachers.
The payment of Gratuity, Earned leave encashment and CPF through the 95% grant in aid scheme, clearing of pending scholarship to SC students one installment, taking back the decision to appoint DPI nominees into the Managing Committees, were some of the other issues taken up during the meeting.
The other issues came for discussions were filling up of the teaching staff posts, periodic review of posts of teaching as well as non-teaching in colleges, logical reservation policy, uniformity in the admission schedule, examination schedule and syllabus in the state run three universities, waiving off the road tax on vehicles owned by the Colleges for carrying students to their respective colleges and independent role of the Colleges and Universities in imparting education and Varsities focusing on research only.
NGCMF Senior Vice President Shri Ramesh Kaura, General secretary Shri. Satish. Mitter Sharma, Finance Secretary Shri. Rakesh Dhir, Secretary Dr. Agnese Dhillon, Executive Member Gurvinder Singh Sarna, Advisor Shri. Ravinder Joshi, Principal Khalsa College, Amritsar Dr. Mehal Singh and Principal Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar Dr. G.S Samra and others were present.
Caption: Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh Receiving memorandum from the delegation of NGCMF at Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh on Wednesday. RMS Chhina, Ramesh Kaura, Satish M Sharma, Rakesh Dhir, Agnese Dhilon and others are present.