Members of the Students’ Organisation of India (SOI) have claimed that the Punjab government is in the process of sanctioning funds worth around Rs 4.5 crore for developmental work at Panjab University (PU).
A five-member delegation comprising SOI national coordinator S Parambans Singh Bunty Romana, SOI national secretary S Bhim Waraich, PUCSC president Jasmeen Kang, SOI Chandigarh president Vikramjit Singh, SOI Malwa president Robin Brar and senior SOI leader Simranjit Singh Dhillon has met Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal at his office to discuss various issues at PU that require immediate attention.
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The delegation has submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Chief Minister which highlights the demands for upgrading the basic infrastructure at the university.
“We have put forward a request for sanction of funds worth Rs 4.5 crore, and we have received a very positive response from Badal Sir. The money will be used for upgrading infrastructure facilities, setting up of a shuttle bus service between the two PU campuses and for various needs of the hostel students, such as installation of heaters and washing machines,” said Vikramjit Singh.
However, as per PU authorities, no official confirmation has been sent to the university regarding the sanctioning of funds as of now. As per the university’s annual budget, an amount of Rs 20 crore is provided to the university by the state government. However, this year, the university is yet to receive the entire amount.
“Perhaps, an announcement regarding the sanctioning of funds might be made during the oath-taking ceremony,” a PU official said. Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal will be presiding over the oath-taking ceremony of the office-bearers of PUCSC, which is scheduled to take place on September 17 at the Law Auditorium at PU.