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Despite order, Sangrur college scraps BA course

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, June 30

The office of the Director, Education Department (Colleges), through a letter directed the management committee of Akal Degree College for Women, Sangrur, to continue enrolment of students in BA 1st year. Two months ago, the management had decided to stop admissions to its BA course from the current year.

However, despite getting the letter, the college management is adamant on discontinuing the course from the current academic session.

The authorities have also directed the college management committee to submit the details of income from BA course and other self-financed courses from 1970 till date, details of property and grants received from the government and non-government sources and details of loan taken to run the college.

The authorities have told the management committee that they could not stop enrolment in the course on their own without any order from the Education Department.

Karanvir Sibia, president of the college committee, said they were compelled to discontinue the course due to a decline in the number of students. He said they would allow the BA II and III students to complete their degrees.

“We have received the letter from the Education Department and will reply accordingly. The number of students for graduation has gone down to 89. Our annual salary bill of unaided staff is Rs 40 lakh, while we are getting only Rs 6 lakh fee from arts students. Our annual losses have reached Rs 91 lakh as we are getting government aid for only eight posts, including principal and tabla player, and six ad hoc staffers, while the remaining staff is unaided. No authority can compel us to continue the course,” he said.

Sibia said they would restructure their courses and start more technical education courses to provide better education to students.

Akal Degree College for Women was started in 1970 by late Sardar Gurbaksh Singh Sibia. Later in 1977, it was covered under the 95 per cent Deficit Grants Scheme.

Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema said they would not allow the closure of the course.

“The move will badly impact the education of girls in the area. I have received a letter from the CM where he has assured me to look into the matter. We will stage a protest if he fails to act,” he added.

from The Tribune

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