Varsity cancels M Phil entrance exam in Punjabi; Govt objects
Punjab Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka today took strong objection to the cancellation of entrance exam of M Phil submitted in Punjabi medium by Panjab University, Chandigarh and sought the intervention of Vice-President Hamid Ansari who is the Chancellor of the University in the matter.
Terming the step as 'anti-Punjabi', Mr Maluka said the move reflected 'a systematic plan to decimate Punjabi language in the Capital of Punjab itself'.
He said the Punjab government would not tolerate neglect of Punjabi language by Panjab University, which was being provided 60 per cent financial aid by the state government.
Even the country's highest administrative entrance test Civil Services was being allowed in Punjabi medium too, he pointed out.
Demanding intervention of the Vice-President, he said the state government would never tolerate discrimination with Punjabi language and the University would have to withdraw the decision.
He said that the University students had every right to appear in any examination in their mother language.
The Education Minister said that taking in view the seriousness of the issue, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MPs from Punjab would soon call on the Prime Minister to bring this matter to his attention.