Punjab Minister seeks intervention of Hamid Ansari
Chandigarh: Punjab Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka on Friday took serious exception to cancellation of entrance exam of M Phil given in Punjabi medium by Panjab University here and sought the intervention of Vice-President Hamid Ansari to reverse the decision.
The Vice President is the Chancellor of the University.
Maluka said this was a "dangerous and strange" decision against Punjab and Punjabi language that reflects "a systematic plan to decimate Punjabi language".
He said 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.
He said Punjab has full right in Panjab University and protection of Punjabi language was the duty of the University administration.
He pointed out that even the country?s highest civil services exam was also being allowed in Punjabi medium.
Demanding Ansari's intervention, he said Punjab government would never tolerate "discrimination" with Punjabi language and the University would have to withdraw this "anti-Punjabi" language decision.
He said the University students have every right to appear in any examination in their mother language.
The Education Minister said that taking in view the seriousness of the issue, SAD MPs from Punjab would soon call on the Prime Minister to discuss the issue.