20 August 2017
The issue of Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) funds meant for over 3 lakh SC students of Punjab is getting critical day by day.
The situation gets worsened when a SGPC run Guru Nanak College Moga denied admissions to SC students without submitting fees.
Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising 13 different Associations (representing over 1000 Unaided Colleges of Punjab) urged both Centre and State Government to immediately release over 1200 Crore of PMS of the year 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17.
A meeting of 13 different associations including Dr. J.S Dhaliwal, President, Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association (PUTIA); Sh. Jagjit Singh, President, B.Ed Association; Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA; S Rajinder Dhanoa (Polytechnic Association), Polytechnic Association; Mr. Charanjit Walia, President, Nursing Colleges Association; S. Nirmal Singh, ETT Federation; Mr. Jasnik Singh Kakkar, B.Ed Association (Panjab University); Mr. Satwinder Singh Sandhu, B.Ed Association (GNDU); Mr. Shimanshu Gupta, ITI Association; S. Sukhmander Singh Chatha, Punjab Unaided Degree Colleges Association(PUDCA); S. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, Academic Advisory Forum (AAF) etc was held recently for the next Action plan.
Dr. J.S Dhaliwal while speaking said that since last 3 years small or big private unaided colleges of Punjab are facing PMS enquiries being hold by the Govt which is another tactic to delay the funds.
CA, Manmohan Garg, Finance Secretary, PUCA said that due to the non release of 1200 crore, more than 100 good colleges accounts have been declared as Non Performing Assets (NPA) and banks have started the process for proceedings for taking possession and Auction.
S Rajinder Dhanoa while speaking said that in Punjab earlier only farmers commits suicide due to no relief in loan in agriculture sector by the Govt but now the edupreneurs & educationists have also started taking this extreme step. Recently an ITI owner of Bathinda, Subhash Bhateja ends his life under money pressure waiting for the release of PMS funds to take off his loan.
- Jagjit Singh said that if the Centre or State Govt would further delay in the release of 1200 crore of PMS students then 3 lakh SC students along with Management would be forced to come on roads against the Government.