• Non Printing of draft in Punjabi raises concerns
  • Calls upon all States to raise their voice against new policy
  • New policy strikes at intellectual roots of Punjabis
  • Omitting ‘Secular’ word poses grave danger to religious & cultural minorities of country
  • Punjab Government to strive for removing anomalies of new policy under leadership of Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh

Chandigarh, August 19:The Higher Education Minister, Mr. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa expressed grave concern at the draft of the new Education policy released by the Union Government. Addressing a seminar organized by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the un-aided colleges, the minister said that the new education policy if implemented would pose a challenge to the Multicultural, Multilingual environment of the country. He further said that though the policy reiterates India as a Democratic Republic with Justice and Equal Opportunities for everybody but the word ‘Secular’ has been omitted which is a cause of concern for the religious and linguistic minorities of the country.

Mr. Bajwa also added that the new policy is being imposed as part of a conspiracy to downgrade Punjabis. He also said that the draft of the policy is printed in each language of the country except Punjabi. The new policy advocates centralization of every aspect of education which would take the education sector out of the ambit of the States. He further said that each state has different needs in the academic sector depending upon their own culture and language but this aspect would be negated with the new policy.

Mr. Bajwa called upon the other states also to raise their voice against this new education policy so as to save the regional languages and cultures.

Giving his suggestions regarding the new education policy, the minister said that the new policy must be pro-poor and strengthening the Government Institutions sans any restrictions with special emphasis on the teaching about social causes.

The minister also elaborated that the Punjab Government would continue to strive for removing the anomalies in the new policy under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh. He exhorted the academicians of the State to send their suggestions in writing about the loopholes of the new policy which would be compiled into a draft and discussed with the Chief Minister before taking it up emphatically with the Union Government.

On the occasion, the minister also appealed to the private educational institutions to make youth capable of employment in tune with the changing trends at National and International level by imparting quality education instead of commercialisation of education.

Earlier, the VC of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh University Dr. Mohanpal Singh Isher, VC of the Baba Farid University Dr. Raj Bahadur, Principal Modi College Patiala Dr. Khushwinder Kumar, Director General Doaba Group of colleges Dr. Daljit Singh also aired their views about the ill-effects of the new education policy.


Sarkaria takes stock of flood like situation in Ropar and Phillaur

  • Visits Dhussi Bundh breach at Bholewal village near Phillaur
  • Directs officials to pull up socks to tackle the situation and also to ensure the safety of life and properties of people

Chandigarh, August 19-Punjab Water Resources Minister Mr. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria on Monday visited Ropar Head Works and Phillaur to assess the flood like situation due to incessant rain in the state.

During Ropar Head Works visit, Mr. Sarkaria directed officials that due to torrential rains, the water inflow has risen in the Sutlej for which continuous monitoring of changing situation has to be done. He said that water is being released in a planned manner from the head works. Today morning the water inflow into Sutlej slightly reduced. The Minister said that the maximum cumulative effect of all the release upstream was experienced at Ropar Barrage at 11.00 am yesterday and a peak outflow of 2,40,930 cusecs was recorded which is the second highest flow which has safely passed from Ropar Barrage. The Ropar administration has divided the district in five clusters for rescue and relief operations.

Subsequently, the Minister visited Bholewal village near Phillaur, where the swollen Sutlej river breached the Dhussi bundh and inundated fields of villages Bholewal, Meowal and Mau Sahib. Taking stock of the situation, the Minister instructed the authorities concerned to make all necessary arrangements to tackle the situation and also to ensure the safety of life and properties of the people.

Assuring all possible help, he said that those affected by flooding should be provided immediate relief. On receipt of information, immediately the action should be initiated and any laxity would not be tolerated in this regard. Interacting with the affected people, the Minister said that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government is on action mode to tackle the situation and relief works is being done on the mission mode.

He was accompanied by Principal Secretary Water Resources Department Mr. Sarvjit Singh, Chief Engineer Canal Mr. Jagmohan Singh Mann, Chief Engineer Drainage Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, concerned SEs and other staff of Water Resources Department.