Punjab & Region

Non-aided Colleges irked over Mann Govt’s tepid response to issues concerning higher education: RMS Chhina

Chandigarh, June 22
The Non-Govt Aided Colleges Management Federation today called for an all out fight to protect the autonomy of the higher educational institutions in Punjab and Chandigarh. They said the tepid response of Bhagwant Singh Mann government to the issues confronting the Colleges is forcing them to adopt the path of agitations and protests as the state government is bent upon enforcing unilateral, arbitrary decisions without consulting them as stakeholders. Addressing the media persons Federation President Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina said the latest directives from the education department to impose centralized admission portals through a private firm is illegal, full of flaws and being enforced with ‘ulterior motives’. “We have shot off letters to Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, Education Minister Meet Hayer but there is no response. Our appeals for discussions and listening to our grievances have also fallen on deaf ears”, said Chhina. Accompanied by other office-bearers including general secretary vice President Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, general secretary SM Sharma, Secretary Agneesh Dhillon, Finance Secretary Rakesh Kumar Dhir, and Advisor Ravinder Joshi, Chhina said the DPI and Education Department officials do not bother even to listen to the genuine grievances. He alleged that the top officials, hands in glove with private players, have imposed the draconian order of centralized admission by a portal developed by a Mumbai-based private IT company.