Capt Govt decision on Bathinda Technical University may cost dearer politically

November 11, 2017 06:58 AM

Bathinda: 10 November, 2017: The decision of the Capt Amarinder Singh government on Bathinda technical university may cost dearer politically as it is emerging as a hot issue. It will definitely have an effect on the coming general elections to parliament, which are due in 2019 as per observers.  The Lok Sabha Bathinda is represented by Union Minister, Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

People of Malwa region have strongly opposed the move; they have urged the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to reconsider the decision of the Cabinet of giving one time option to technical institutions to choose among IKGPTU and MRSPTU as affiliating university. They say Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University, Bathinda will be badly affected by this decision and it may face closure.

People from various sections of the society have come out against this decision of Punjab cabinet. This correspondent talked to cross section of people, who had opposed the move of the state government.

Prof N.K Gosain said “It was a bad deal for the MRSPTU”.  The move will certainly damage this institution, which has emerged as one of the best in the last two years” It is catering to the need of thousands of students of the region, he said. “It is an ill-advised decision”, he further said.

Reacting to the decision, Gian Chand Bansal spokesperson of Swaraj Party said, “It may cause geographical imbalance and will be against the UGC guidelines, socio economic growth of the Malwa region will be suffered, financial loss of the University will impact development of the University”.

He further said “the University has scaled phenomenal heights in the last two years. Various steps have been initiated to improve the quality of education. The syllabi have been modified as per current need of industry”. Also, skill development courses are being introduced to provide employment to youth, said Gian Chand Bansal.

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal during her visit to Bathinda few weeks ago has already criticized the move of the state government.  She had asked the ruling party, why it had started discrimination against Bathinda and the malwa region.   Harsimrat Badal has said setting up of this institution was a well planned move aimed at giving the much-needed boost to technical education in the Malwa region. “The aim was to give a major boost to skill development through this university and consequently make our youth employable, she said.

Technical institutions of eleven districts of Punjab, Barnala, Bathinda, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Mansa, Moga, Patiala, Sangrur and Sri Muktsar Sahib were affiliated to MRSPTU with effect of 1st July, 2015. The Bathinda Technical University got 103 colleges, including 41 engineering, 13 pharmacy, 46 management and three architecture colleges. 170 colleges were left with IKG PTU.

Former President of district bar association & President of district unit of AAP Navdeep Singh Jida advocate said “The decision will badly affect the MRSPTU. The university has introduced major reforms to upgrade the examination system, such as like monitoring of examination centres with CCTV cameras”. He said “It is notable that the percentage of re-evaluation opted by students in other Universities is very high but the figure in MRSPTU stands at 1.5 – 3%, which is very appreciable and reflects a sound evaluation system”.  The state government should reconsider the matter, he said. 

Meanwhile, recently the authorities of MRSPTU have signed MoUs between University and various renowned educational institutes like IIT Bombay, SAP Student Academy Program, NITTTR-Chandigarh, Central University-Bathinda, Josh Technology, Central Tool Room-Ludhiana, Cheema Boilers Ltd., BKSB India Private Limited, Engg. Staff College - Hyderabad, Mobile Tutor Pvt. Ltd. - Chennai, EC Council, Google, Red Hut Linux, IBM, Huawai and others. 

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