Punjabi writers appreciate Punjab Government’s decision to make passing of Punjabi Language Exam For C & D Category jobs compulsory. They also demand new UGC grades for university and college teachers.
Ludhiana – May 25
The Chairman of Punjabi Lok Virasat Academy Ludhiana ,Prof. Gurbhajan Singh Gill, Former President of Punjabi Sahitya Akademi Prof. Ravinder Bhattal, General Secretary of Punjabi Sahitya Akademi Dr. Guriqbal Singh, Punjabi Storyteller Sukhjit, Punjabi poets Trilochan Lochi and Manjinder Dhanoa welcomed the decision of Punjab Govt. that which makes it compulsory to pass Punjabi Language Exam of Matriculation level with 50 % marks for getting inducted in C & D category Jobs . They said that same rule should also apply for A and B class jobs in the state.
Prof. Gurbhajan Singh Gill said that keeping in view the spirit of Punjab State Language Act, S. Bhagwant Singh Mann has taken a pro-people decision by blocking the way for those job seekers who exploited loopholes by obtaining cheaper certificates in language proficiency.
Prof. Gurbhajan Singh Gill in a separate written statement also opposed the creation of a situation to make Punjab University Chandigarh a Central University. He gave a call that the Punjab Government and all political parties should oppose this move as it will also weaken Punjab’s claim over Chandigarh and besides the democratic functioning of this university will also be jeopardized.
He also asked the Punjab government to set up a commission to improve the economic health of the university and colleges of Punjab and also to implement the UGC grades for teachers as already implemented across the country. This will help reduce the dissatisfaction among the teachers. The central government had earlier too tried to take over Punjab University. Chandigarh but due to the opposition by the people and timely action taken by the then Punjab government the issue died of its own.
Prof. Gurbhajan Singh Gill also asked the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Bhagwant Singh Mann to immediately appoint a Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University who should be of national / international scientific excellence as the university actively needs right leadership to meet the agricultural research needs of the country. PAU has been waiting for the regular vice chancellor for over a year now. Founded in 1962, the university has never had such a bad situation with 75% of the work being done on a temporary basis.