AMRITSAR: The Office-Bearers of Non-Govt. The Punjab and Chandigarh College Management Federation (NGCMF) today strongly opposed “unnecessary interference” by the state government’s higher education department in the operation of the assisted colleges. They decided in principle not to invite the government candidates to the meeting of the management committees as proposed by the department.
“The new proposals are highly condemnable and the decisions are announced by the DPI and the Ministry of Education without any consultation with the stakeholders, who are the directors of these colleges,” said Chhina. He added that the assisted private colleges act as an extended arm of the state government, providing education to more than 80 percent of the state’s students.
He said that under no circumstances will an appointed person of much lower status be tolerated with the right to vote and the right of veto. OB members were of the opinion that already three government agencies were auditing college accounts in addition to their own internal and external audits by Chartered Accountants (CAs).
The OB said they did not want any confrontation with higher education authorities but that when needed they would not hesitate to take extreme measures including closing colleges and blaming the loss. of student education would be the responsibility of the higher education department.
The employers’ federation added that if the secretariat, higher education and DPI management persists in overhauling the selection procedure, it must issue the appointments and support the salaries and revision allowances of college teachers.
While demanding the timely release of pending DPI grants, they said the government contributes only 95 percent of the wage subsidy deficit and not the total college budget provisions. They also called for the immediate release of pending amounts of college post-matrix scholarships for SC students in one installment and the reinstatement of the grant program to 95 percent, as currently the government is only contributing 75 percent. percent of subsidized positions assisted. .
Members offered to ask the Punjab’s chief minister for time to brief him on the concerns of the assisted private colleges and could also meet with higher education minister Pargat Singh in this regard.
Senior Vice President of Federation Balbir Kaur, Ramesh Kumar Kaura, General Secretary SM Sharma, Financial Secretary Rakesh Kumar Dhir, Advisor Ravinder Joshi, Principal Dr Mehal Singh, Principal Dr SK Arora, Principal GS Samra , Principal Dr Khshwinder Kumar, Dr Tarsem Singh, Dr Gurnam Singh, Rajiv Jain, GS Randhawa took part in the meeting.