The issue of doing away with the 50 per cent quota for Punjab students and Punjab Government threatening to take back the 250 acres land on which Thapar University,Patiala campus is built,has been resolved with the university deciding to restore the 50 per cent territorial quota for the students of Punjab.
An official spokesperson of the Chief Ministers Office said here today that the chief minister,Parkash Singh Badal had prevailed upon the University authorities to reconsider their earlier decision. On his personal intervention,the University authorities-J.S. Neerav,Board of Governors,Vice-Chairman and Abhijit Mukherjee,Director of the Thapar University appreciating the concern of the State Government have conveyed their decision by handing over their letter today to S S Channy,Principal Secretary Technical Education and Industrial Training. The letter says that in deference to the wishes of the State Government and without going into the legality of the same,we agree that we will not implement the aforesaid decision,as taken by the Board of Governors in its last meeting held February 24,2012,till the same is decided in the next Board of Governors meeting after mutual discussions in accordance with the rules and by laws of the University.
It may be recalled that Badal took up this matter with Union Human Resources,Development,Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal while highlighting the claim of the State of Punjab and its students saying that the University has come up in the present shape and stature solely on account of the State help which was there by way of giving them 250 acre of land and also grant-in-aid till the year 2001. The deemed Thapar University,Patiala which started way back in 1956 mainly on account of 250 acres land given by the PEPSU and financial assistance of 30 lakhs from the then State Government.
The issue of the States claim was also raised by the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Technical Education Minister Anil Joshi and many other dignitaries,political parties and NGOs.