Haryana government reverses decision to provide loans to state universities and award grants

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After facing a week of protests from students, teachers and opposition leaders for cutting grants to state universities for the 2022-23 fiscal year and approving a loan of 147.75 crore as the first installment for universities, the BJP-JJP government in Haryana reversed its decision and the same amount will be provided to universities as a grant.

As per a new order issued by the Additional Chief Secretary of Government of Haryana, the Department of Higher Education and Department of Finance had approved 147.75 crore as grant for administrative, academic and other work.

According to the new order, 23.75 crore has been approved for Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) Rohtak, 59 crores for the University of Kurukshetra, 12.50 crores for BPS Mahila Vishwavidhalya at Khanpur Kalan from Sonepat, 10 crore each for Chaudhary Devi Lal University in Sirsa and Chaudhary Bansi Lal University in Bhiwani, 8.75 crores for Maharshi Balmiki Sanskriti University of Kaithal, 7.25 crores for Dr Bhim Rao National Law University in Sonepat, 6.50 crores for Gurugram University, 5.50 crore for Ch Ranbir Singh University in Jind, and 4.50 crores for Indira Gandhi University in Rewari.

HT had reported last week that the government had cut grants to state universities and agreed to loans.

Student associations, teachers and the opposition accuse the government of doing an about-face

Tosham MP and senior Congressman Kiran Choudhry said the BJP-JJP government had “become synonymous with U-turns”.

“First the coalition government made decisions without any advice and later they got into the habit of backtracking on their decisions after facing protests. They are experimenting on everything,” he said. -she adds.

The national chairman of INSO, the student wing of the JJP, Pradeep Deswal, said his organization had announced that it would protest against the ruling leadership if the decision was not reversed.

“This was possible thanks to the joint efforts of teachers, students and some politicians. If the government tries to wrest autonomy from universities, we will also protest against that of our party leaders,” he added.

Vikas Siwach, president of the teachers’ union at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, said teachers and students forced the government to revoke its order.

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