Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has rejected any move to change the status of Panjab University and has also written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the government stating that his government is open to increasing the grant-in-aid for the varsity.
In the letter, the CM also asserted that the Haryana Government could not take advantage of the ongoing proceedings in the Punjab and Haryana high court. “The transitory financial resources problem and its resolution by the statutory stakeholders do not permit the Government of Haryana to turn back the clock,” he wrote, according to an official statement on Monday.
Earlier, the Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar has urged the central government to restore the share of Haryana in Panjab University. The proposal came after Khattar reiterated Haryana’s claim on Chandigarh, asking Punjab to consider making New Chandigarh its capital.
The proposal of the Haryana government for restoration of the state’s share in the university is “historically, logically, rationally and culturally unsustainable,” wrote Capt, adding that “the state of Haryana cannot arrogate to itself the privilege of altering history as and when it wishes.” The Punjab chief minister pointed out that as the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, the maintenance deficit grants to the university were shared and paid by the states concerned — Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and UT administration — in the ratio of 20:20:20:40, but Haryana and Himachal Pradesh decided to withdraw from this sharing arrangement in 1976.