Amritsar : Punjab Congress Chief Amarinder Singh on Wednesday claimed Majithia family is trying to “usurp and dilute” the heritage status of the Khalsa College here by converting it into a private university and asked the state government not to use its “brute majority” to take steps favouring the move.
“In case the Akali government in Punjab decides to use its brute majority to go ahead with passing the act for the university in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, the Congress government will repeal the act in 2017 and restore the heritage status of the college,” Amarinder said in a statement.
Notably, the Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) had announced to set up Khalsa University Amritsar (KUA) to provide “quality education” to students. The Governing council, led by KCGC President Satyajit Singh Majithia, has come under fire after it proposed to set up a Khalsa University Amritsar. “Khalsa College is the part of our great heritage and history and not the private property of the Majithias to be usurped”, Singh alleged.
Recalling his family’s and his personal association with the Khalsa College, Amritsar, the former Punjab Chief Minister said, while his grandfather Maharaja Bhupinder Singh and father Maharaja Yadvinder Singh were its chancellors from 1927 to 1952, he was himself its Chancellor between 1972 and 1978. “It is not me or my family alone, every Punjabi has a sentimental association with Khalsa College, which is one of the exceptional symbols of our great and glorious heritage and the Majithias for their petty interests are trying to usurp it which will not be allowed at any cost,” he said.
Amarinder questioned the very logic of setting up a second university when the Guru Nanak Dev University was only the next door. Amarinder on Thursday visited the Khalsa College here. Learning about Capt Amarinder’s proposed visit to the College, the Majithia controlled management of the college had got the main entrance gate to the college blocked, the statement claimed He had to take an alternative route to enter the college. The students there welcomed him and interacted with him for some time. They also clicked photographs and selfies with him, the statement said.−PTI