The 120-year-old Khalsa College of Amritsar and Lyallpur Khalsa College,Jalandhar,have both passed proposals to seek autonomous status from the University Grants Commission (UGC). If there requests are accepted they will join Mata Gujri College Fategarh Sahib,currently the only college in Punjab to have autonomous status.
The Khalsa College of Amritsar Governing Council passed the resolution for seeking autonomous status and has forwarded it to the UGC for its approval. Authorities are hoping to get the status prior to the start of the new academic session in July. The college also intends to launch new courses on Information Technology and Biotechnology after gaining autonomy. The college authorities have made it clear that students will continue to get their degrees from Guru Nanak Dev University.
The college also courted controversy over its proposal to turn it into a private university. Now the governing council of the college has decided to keep the main Khalsa College out of the private university proposal and get autonomous status. As per the fresh move,the proposed varsity will now have other institutions being run by the Khalsa College Charitable Society.
The principal of Lyallpur Khalsa College,Jaspal Singh Randhawa said,The proposal is with the UGC. Once approved,the degrees will still be given by GNDU but there will be full academic autonomy.