Summon Makkar, Ahluwalia over University issue : Bir Devinder Singh to Akal Takht
Mohali, August 18 (YP Bureau)
Apparently peeved over the grim situation that has developed due to the recent spat of SGPC president Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar and Dr. Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia over the management and control of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, former deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh has asked Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, to convene emergent meeting of five Sikh High Priests over the matter and summon both Makkar and Walia on Akal Takht to explain their conduct.
In a press release issued here today, Bir Devinder Singh said that this is really unfortunate and embarrassing that both Makkar and Walia had pitched against each other and have indulged in blame-game which has dealt a big blow to the image of first University of Sikhs named after Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
The former deputy speaker rued that both the SGPC president and former vice-chancellor have been leveling serious allegations of professional misconduct, financial bungling, inappropriate appointments, corruption and abusing their positions. Both have alleged that the other had in a way looted the Fatehgarh Sahib based University.
Holding both Makkar and Ahluwalia responsible for lowering the image of the University associated with the name of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Bir Devinder Singh said that since it is the question of respect, honor and glory of the great Guru, the five Sikh High Priests should take the matter into their own hands and summon both Makkar and Ahluwalia and initiate the process to get rid of both of them.
Holding Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal responsible for the appointment of Dr. Ahluwalia as VC in the first place, Bir Devinder Singh said he too should tell people why Ahluwalia was appointed despite strong objections raised at the time of his appointment.
Bir Devinder Singh has given five suggestions to Akal Takht in this regard.
He has asked to get the matter probed by a Sikh judge retired from SC or HC. He also advised to include the word ‘Sikh’ in the name of the University and even amend the constitution of the University, if need be. He has also asked to frame rules regarding the appointment of VC as per Sikh principles.
He has also asked for the constitution of a ‘Sikh Services Commission’ on the pattern of Punjab Public Services Commission which would select candidates for various services in Sikh institutions including the University. He has demanded that system of having a Senate and Syndicate be evolved so as to avail the services of Sikh intellectuals and academicians.