20th con­vo­ca­tion at Tha­par Univer­sity

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government, Tha­par Univer­sity was pro­vided 250 acre of land, cou­pled with fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance worth Rs.30 lakh, for the es­tab­lish­ment of the ear­lier Tha­par In­sti­tute of En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy (now Tha­par Univer­sity) in 1956. He said that the in­sti­tu­tion was get­ting un­in­ter­rupted grant-in-aid till the year 2001 from the government. “The present value of this prime 250 acre of land is around Rs.1,500 crore,” added Badal. He lamented that the quota for the stu­dents of the state, which was once 90 per­cent in the in­sti­tu­tions, has been dras­ti­cally ta­pered off to a mea­gre 50%, which was com­plete in­jus­tice to stu­dents of the state. On the ap­pre­hen­sions of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the univer­sity that con­tin­u­ing of 50% quota was re­sult­ing in poor qual­ity of stu­dents get­ting ad­mis­sion in the in­sti­tu­tion, Badal asked them to start 10+2 classes and spe­cial coach­ing classes for stu­dents from Pun­jab to act as a nurs­ery to at­tract the best tal­ent to their in­sti­tu­tion. Tha­par Univer­sity, lo­cated at Pa­tiala had in Fe­bru­ary this year an­nounced its de­ci­sion to abol­ish the 50 per cent quota for Pun­jab stu­dents. The univer­sity claimed that it had done so in ac­cor­dance with Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC) guide­lines. It took back the de­ci­sion May this year fol­low­ing pres­sure from the Pun­jab government.

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