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Govt suspends mgmt of Akal Degree College

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, July 7

Suspending the management committee of the Akal Degree College for Women here, the Director, Education Department (Colleges), has appointed the ADC (General) as the college administrator.


Vijay Inder Singla, Education Minister

'Will expose wrongdoings'

The management committee will not be allowed to stop admissions to BA-I for the 2020-21 academic session at any cost. The high-level committee will expose the wrongdoings of this panel.


The decision came three days after Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh formed a three-member high-level committee to probe utilisation of funds by the management committee.

In a letter, the Education Department claimed that the management committee neither submitted the required information nor followed the directions of the department.

"To ensure a proper inquiry by the high-level committee, the department is of the view that the management committee should be suspended immediately and the ADC (G) appointed as the administrator," said the order issued by Indu Malhotra, DPI (Colleges).

Last month, through another letter, the authorities had directed the management committee to continue the enrolment of students in BA-I. Apart from it, the department had also sought details of income, property, grants received from the government and non-government sources and information on loans taken to run the college.

However, the college management remained adamant on scrapping the course from the current academic session, claiming that the number of students was declining.

Cabinet minister and local MLA Vijay Inder Singla said since the controversy erupted, he had been giving feedback to the CM and Higher Education Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa to save the institute.

"The management committee would not be allowed to stop admissions to BA-I for the 2020-21 academic session at any cost. The high-level committee would expose the wrongdoings of the management committee," said Singla.

"Since the committee had made the announcement to close the entry-level BA course, there has been a resentment among locals," said Dr AS Mann, president of the Akal College Bachao Manch.

ADC (General) Rajesh Tripathi said, "I have taken charge as the administrator of the college and will try to improve its functioning."

from The Tribune

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