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Unaided Colleges objects to the charges of Govt. Affiliating Universities/Boards
Mohali 3rd December 2019

A meeting of Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising of 13 different associations held today to take important decisions for the problems faced by Unaided Colleges of Punjab.

Joint Action Committee comprises of Sh. Ashwani Sekhri, Chairman, JAC ; Dr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, President, Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association (PUTIA); Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA; Mr. Charanjit Singh Walia, President, Nursing Colleges Association; Sh. Jagjit Singh, President, B.Ed Association; S Rajinder Dhanoa Polytechnic Association; S. Nirmal Singh, ETT Federation; Mr. Jasnik Singh Kakkar, B.Ed Association (Panjab University); Mr. Satwinder Singh Sandhu, B.Ed Association (GNDU); Mr. Shimanshu Gupta, ITI Association; Sh. Vipin Sharma, Confederation of Unaided Colleges Association and S. Sukhmander Singh Chatha, Punjab Unaided Degree Colleges Association(PUDCA).

To give temporary relief from financial crunch to Unaided Colleges, it was unanimously resolved that Joint Action Committee (JAC) would approach the Govt. with a request to defer the various charges being imposed by Govt. affiliating Universities and Board from Unaided Colleges.

Anshu Kataria said that over Rs 1200cr is due under Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) for the year 2016-17 (Partial), 2017-18 and 2018-19. Moreover, 400-500 Cr is likely to become due for Scholarship of 2019-20. Due to which colleges are not able to pay affiliation fees, Registration fees, Students related funds, continuation fees, Examination fees, and other university/Board charges.

Charanjit Singh Walia proposed that Govt. can’t charge these various fees before disbursing the Post Matric Scholarship from the colleges. Because in many other cases the situation is like this that neither student nor Govt. has paid the fees to colleges. On the other hand Govt. affiliating universities/ Board MRS-PTU, Bathinda; IKG-PTU, Jalandhar; BFUHS, Faridkot; Punjabi University, Patiala and Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training (PSBTE & IT) have charged various charges from Unaided Colleges.

Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal said that many of these Universities and board charge huge interest on charges for delay in payment by the colleges. But when Govt. doesn’t pay any fine/interest then how Govt. affiliating Universities/Board can charge fine/interest from the Unaided Colleges.

PUCA-PUTIA Poly Association seek CM intervention to get their problems solved
Mohali 30th November 2019

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) - Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association (PUTIA) and Polytechnic Association highly appreciates the intervention of Chief Minister Punjab in the case of Kashmiri students. They assured CM Punjab that all Unaided Colleges are with him and would do their best for Kashmiri as well as students from other parts of the country.

But at the same time Dr Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA urged Chief Minister, Punjab to issue directions to MRS-PTU, Bathinda, IKG-PTU, Jalandhar, Punjab State Board of Technical Education and other Govt. affiliating Universities that they should not force Colleges to pay immediately or Post Dated Cheque for examinations fees till the Govt. disburse pending 1200cr of Post Matric Scholarship which is due since last 2-3 years.

Dr Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, President, PUTIA also urged CM Punjab to issue directions to the concerned officials of the universities to clear the eligibility of the students whose eligibilities are pending due to non submission of documents because of Curfew in Kashmir.

S Rajinder Singh Dhanoa, Poly Association said that Associations are always ready to support Govt. but at the same time Board never thinks of welfare of the students. Board shifted Examination Centers of around 70 Polytechnic Colleges affecting 20,000 students.

On the other hand, S. Nirmal Singh, B.Ed Federation, said that Punjabi university Patiala and other affiliated universities are charging fine from colleges for the late submission of documents and fees by the Colleges which are highly condemnable.

Meanwhile, Mr. S.S. Chattha, President, Punjab Unaided Degree Colleges Association (PUDCA) said that there is a huge gap between fees structure fixed for Unaided Colleges by the Govt. and in actual disbursed amount. Chattha urged Govt that such issues are pending since 2-3 years which should be solved at the earliest.

PUTIA-PUCA-Poly Association urged Board not to shift Exam Centres
Mohali 14th November 2019

A meeting of Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association (PUTIA), Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) and Polytechnic Association was held today in Chandigarh.

Later the delegation also met Sh. Anurag Verma, IAS, Principal Secretary, Technical Education under the leadership of Sh. Ashwani Sekhri, Chairman, Joint Action Committee (JAC). Dr. G.S Dhaliwal, President, PUTIA; Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA; S. Rajinder Dhanoa, Polytechnic Association expressed concern on the shifting of Examination centres by the Punjab State Board of Technical Education & Industrial Training (PSBTE & IT).

Dr. Anshu Kataria while speaking said that 15,000-20,000 students studying in around 70 polytechnic colleges across Punjab are affected with this decision of board for shifting their exam centres to far-flung areas at the last minute.


Dr. G.S Dhaliwal said that due to this decision by the Board, students have to travel 20-30 kms extra to give their exams. The majority of the students belongs to SC category and commute on local buses with daily bus pass service. But it won't be possible for them to afford the bus tickets for distant places to reach far away exam centres. In winters, dense fog and security would be the main issue, especially for the girl students.

Verma assured to look into the matter and the best decision would be taken in the interest of the students. Verma also cleared that in technical education institutions no cheating would be allowed or tolerated in Punjab.

4 major issues drowned Education sector of Punjab
Mohali 10nd november 2019

"The education sector of Punjab is passing through its toughest phase because of four major developments in the country"

This was said by President, PUCA & Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges, Dr. Anshu Kataria. While stating the four developments he said that on one hand because of curfew in JK thousands of students are not coming from the Valley for the admissions where as thousands of Bihar students have gone back because of withdrawal of Bihar Student credit card scheme benefit for Non NAAC colleges. Punjabi students are flying to Canada, UK etc for their education and last Ray of hope was Punjab SC students which consist of 35% population of Punjab. Because of nonpayment of Post Matric Scholarship for 3 years the number of Punjab SC students in Punjab unaided colleges is going down. Lastly, because of most of the Punjabi students planning to study in Canada, Australia etc the colleges of Punjab wore a deserted look.


Revoke of Article 370 in JK:

Kataria added that on an average around 10,000 students from Jammu Kashmir take admission in various colleges of Punjab especially in tricity, Amritsar belt and Jalandhar which is approachable and accessible for JK students. But due to the ban on internet/mobile connection and curfew in Jammu & Kashmir after the revoke of Article 370, thousands of students of the Valley couldn’t approach to the colleges for the admissions in 2019-20 session.


Modifications in Bihar Credit Card Scheme:

Bihar government suddenly discontinued the Bihar credit card scheme for non NAAC colleges. Under this scheme Bihar students used to get 4 lakh in 4 years for their higher education which was paid directly to the concerned colleges. Around 5,000 students were studying under this scheme and around 10,000 students were expected to take admission in Punjab but sudden discontinuation of the scheme on 5th July, 2019 has created trouble not only for the unaided colleges but also for the Bihar students. Number of NAAC grade A colleges in Punjab is not even 1% of total colleges.


Delay in PMS Funds:

Sh. Amit Sharma, Senior Vice President, PUCA said that Post Matric Scholarship funds for almost over 3 years amounting to Rs 1400 Crore is due towards the Govt out of which Rs 415.60 crore is of 2016-17, Rs 538 cr for the year 2017-18, Rs 437.19cr for the Year 2018-19. This total of 1400 Crore has created financial crunch in colleges of Punjab.

Amit Sharma further added that the Unaided Colleges are running pillar to post to save their colleges as the Unaided Colleges when doesn't pay their bank loan Dues for 3 months, they are declared as NPA's and Banks start taking legal action against the Colleges/Trusts.


Heavy Immigration to the Foreign Countries:

Kataria further added that every year over 1.50 Lakh student of Punjab is migrating to Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc for their higher studies after 12th. This has resulted into the closure of many old engineering colleges of Punjab.

Sukhi Bath honoured by Punjab Unaided Colleges Association
Mohali 22nd october 2019

A delegation of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) honoured renowned Canada based business magnate and philanthropist, Mr. Sukhi Bath for his contribution in Promoting Punjab, Punjabi & Punjabiyat in a function held at Punjab Bhawan, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The felicitation ceremony was done by the President, PUCA & Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges, Rajpura Near Chandigarh, Dr. Anshu Kataria. Founder Canada International Education Consortium, Sh. Krishna Murty; Famous writers including Sh. Inderjit Singh Dhami; Sh. Krishan Bhanot; Sh. Khushal Singh Gulati; Sh. Kesar Singh Koonar; Organizer at Punjab Bhawan Mr. Kavinder Chand were also present on the occasion.

Dr. Anshu Kataria while appraising Sukhi Bath said that he has been awarded for his continued, steadfast and outstanding service to a humanitarian cause in Canada for the students.

Kataria further said that his foundation has sponsored hundreds of underprivileged youth in shape of their weddings, artificial limb centers, scholarship funds for women in need etc.

Sukhi Bath while thanking Dr. Anshu Kataria said that the Punjab which is in India and the Punjab which is in Canada both are very close to his heart and he will continue serving society.

Mr. Ashwani Garg, SVIET, Banur; Mr. Swinder Singh, Smt. Manjinder Kaur & Mr. Gursimranjit Singh, Sukhjinder Group of Institutes, Gurdaspur; Mr. Mohit Mahajan & Mrs. Anu Mahajan, Golden Group of Colleges Gurdaspur; Mr. Nalini Chopra & Mr. Chander Mohan, Kay Jay Group, Patiala; Mr. Parminder Paul Sharma, MGDM Group, Bathinda; Mr. Bharat Sharma, Synergy International Institute of Nursing, Bathinda; Mr. Rajesh K Garg, Bharat Group of Institutions, Mansa; Mr. Kanwar Tushar Punj, Sri Sai Group, Palampur, etc were the part of the delegation.

PUCA delegation met Consul General of India in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mohali 19th October 2019

A delegation of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) met Consul General of India, Mrs. Abhilasha Joshi at Consulate General of India, Vancouver under the leadership of President, PUCA, Dr. Anshu Kataria. Sh. Krishna Murty, Founder, Canada International Education Consortium was also present on the occasion.

Mrs Abhilasha Joshi welcomed the delegation. Sh. Manjish Grover, Consul, Head of Chancery, Commerce & culture was also present on the occasion.

Mrs Abhilasha Joshi appealed the delegation to spread maximum awareness of MADAD Portal among the students of Punjab. It is to be mentioned that the portal was made by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India to ease the Indian citizens living abroad an online platform in which they can file consular grievances to the Indian Govt.

Krishna Murty apprised consul general about the detailed schedule of the delegation regarding visits to various colleges and universities of Canada. Grover assured full support to the delegation during their stay in British Columbia, Canada.

It is to be mentioned that a 15 member delegation of PUCA was recently flagged off by the Higher Education Minister of Punjab, Sh. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa with an aim of strategic tie-ups with international collaborations.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges, Rajpura, Near Chandigarh; Mr. Ashwani Garg, SVIET, Banur; Mr. Swinder Singh, Smt. Manjinder Kaur & Mr. Gursimranjit Singh, Sukhjinder Group of Institutes, Gurdaspur; Mr. Mohit Mahajan & Mrs Anu Mahajan, Golden Group of Colleges Gurdaspur; Mr. Nalini Chopra & Mr. Chander Mohan, Kay Jay Group, Patiala; Mr. Parminder Paul Sharma, MGDM Group, Bathinda; Mr. Bharat Sharma, Synergy International Institute of Nursing, Bathinda; Mr. Rajesh K Garg, Bharat Group of Institutions, Mansa; Mr. Kanwar Tushar Punj, Sri Sai Group, Palampur, etc were the part of the delegation.

Education Minister flags off PUCA’s Indo-Canadian academic delegation
Mohali 14th October 2019

Higher Education Minister, Punjab, Sh. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa today flagged off a 15 member delegation of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) to Canada. The delegation is going under the leadership of Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges, Rajpura, Near Chandigarh & President, PUCA, Dr. Anshu Kataria. The objective of the delegation is to explore the possibilities of strategic tie-ups between various Colleges & Universities of Canada & PUCA member Colleges.

Minister while congratulating the PUCA delegation for its endeavour said that Punjab Government is committed to upgrade the infrastructure, Technology, Course Curriculum, Practical & Skill training in the state to upgrade the standard of Education to meet International standards. This would also help to maintain the equilibrium between the Indian & International standards of education system thereby generating more & equal job opportunities for the youth of Punjab.

Later on, while interacting with the media Dr. Anshu Kataria said that the delegation would be visiting various Colleges & Universities of Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Kamloops, Victoria, Surrey, Abbotsford, Kelowna etc.

Sh. Krishna Murty, Member, Canada International Education Consortium said that in India especially Punjab, Canadian Colleges & Universities are in big demand. He said that on an average around 1.50 lakh students are going to Canada from Punjab every year for their higher studies. The average expenditure on Canadian education is around 15 lakh. With the strategic alliance by the Colleges, students can be migrated with credit transfer option wherein they can complete their 2 years in India and 1-2 years in Canada. With such strategic tie-ups, better money-saving decisions can be made which would be beneficial to both students and colleges.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges, Rajpura, Near Chandigarh; Mr. Ashok Garg & Mr. Ashwani Garg, SVIET, Banur; Mr. Swinder Singh, Smt. Manjinder Kaur & Mr. Gursimranjit Singh, Sukhjinder Group of Institutes, Gurdaspur; Mr. Mohit Mahajan & Mrs Anu Mahajan, Golden Group of Colleges Gurdaspur; Mr. Nitesh K Garg, KCT Group Fatehgarh; Mr. Nalini Chopra & Mr. Chander Mohan, Kay Jay Group, Patiala; Mr. Parminder Paul Sharma, MGDM Group, Bathinda; Mr. Bharat Sharma, Synergy International Institute of Nursing, Bathinda; Mr. Raj Kumar Thapar, SMD Group of Institutes, Faridkot; Mr. Rajesh K Garg, Bharat Group of Institutions, Mansa; Mr. Kanwar Tushar Punj, Sri Sai Group, Palampur etc would also be visiting.

PUCA urged Centre Govt. to release around 1400 Crore of PMS
Mohali 27rd September 2019

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) urged the centre government to release pending 415.60 crore of Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) scheme for the year 2016-17. President, PUCA, Dr. Anshu Kataria said that Rs 538 cr for the year 2017-18; Rs 437.19cr for the Year 2018-19 is also due. This total of 1400 Crore is due towards centre Govt which has created financial crunch in colleges of Punjab.

Sh. Amit Sharma, Senior Vice President, PUCA said that when the funds for almost over 3 years have not been released to the colleges then how the colleges would survive.

S. Gurpreet Singh, General Secretary, PUCA said that if the pending scholarship would not be disbursed in time then the colleges would be in biggest ever financial trouble.

Sh. Ashok Garg, Finance Secretary, PUCA said that centre has clearly told that PMS scheme would fall under 60:40 scheme while Punjab government has rejected this proposal of centre. This confusion between the centre and state government may adversely affect the career of the students as well as the colleges.

S. Gurfateh Gill, Vice President; Gurkirat Singh, Joint Secretary-I, CA Renu Arora, Joint Secretary-II; Mr. Rajesh Garg, Coordinator; Bathinda; CA Dr. Manmohan Garg, Finance Secretary; Manav Dhawan, Tricity Coordinator; Cherry Goyal, Malwa-I Coordinator, Monty Garg, Malwa-II Coordinator, Dr. Akashdeep Singh, Majha Coordinator and Mr. Sanjeev Chopra, Doaba Coordinator etc also demanded Centre Govt to release the funds.

Education sector also need a financial package for revival: PUCA
Mohali 22st September 2019

A delegation of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) under the leadership of President, Dr. Anshu Kataria, met Sh. Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs at New Delhi.

Kataria made Anurag Thakur aware about the financial Problems being faced by the small Unaided Colleges of the Country. Kataria further said that if the pending scholarship would not be disbursed then the colleges would be in biggest ever financial trouble and would not be able to survive.

Kataria added that though Education sector is the prime responsibility of Government and crores of investment has been made by the Government on educational Institutions in the Country but still 90% education is under private sectors. Govt is not looking at the problems being faced by these institutes as a result of which these are at the verge of closure. Kataria said that this sector requires fresh impetus of reforms.

Sh. Amit Sharma, Senior Vice President, PUCA said that there is a delay of over 3 years in the disbursement of Centrally sponsored Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC & ST etc. while the Unaided Colleges when doesn't pay their bank loan Dues for 3 months, they are declared as NPA's and Banks start taking legal action against the Colleges/Trusts.

Sharma further said that on the pattern of Auto industries, Food Processing industries, Pharma industries etc Education Sector also need Govt’s booster dose for its upliftment.

PUCA meets Union Industry Minister
Mohali 15th September 2019

President, Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA), Dr. Anshu Kataria met Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Sh. Som Parkash I.A.S. (Retd.) at Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi. During the meeting they discussed the wide gap between Industry and academia in today’s era.

Som Parkash while discussing the increasing gap between industry & academia said that for the better adaptability, colleges have to work & introduce tailor made courses to polish the students.

PUCA demands direct flight from Chandigarh to Patna - Punjab Unaided Colleges Association
Mohali 9th September 2019

For the convenience of students of Bihar and Jharkhand studying near the Chandigarh periphery, Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) urged direct flight from Chandigarh International Airport to Patna and Ranchi.


Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA & Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges said that Chandigarh and Punjab region is becoming the education hub of the Country due to its peaceful environment. 10,000-15,000 students from various parts of Bihar and Jharkhand are studying in various colleges of Chandigarh or in its periphery.


Kataria further added that keeping the interest of thousands of students studying in the Chandigarh region, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India should start direct flights from Chandigarh to Patna, Ranchi under the Udan (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme which will help not only the students but would help in expansion of Business, Social, Political, Tourism commodities etc.


Sh. Amit Sharma, Senior Vice President, PUCA said that in the last few years Bihar students have stopped going to southern states because of contrition on Bihar students by some local groups in cities like Mumbai, Pune etc. hence students are preferring Chandigarh being the safest and the crime-free city for their higher education.

AC will oppose any forceful physical possession of any college by the bank for the Non-Payment of Loan
Mohali 29th August 2019

Joint Action Committee (JAC) compromising of 13 different associations has decided to oppose any forceful physical possession by bank in any Unaided College of Punjab where already Students are studying.

Rs 1400 crore due towards Govt for PMS:-
S. Jagjit Singh, President, B.Ed Federation said that over 1400 Crore is unpaid from last 3 Years resulting into many of the colleges accounts turning to Non-Performing Assets (NPAs), Cheque Bouncing cases, Auctions of the Colleges, Legal Proceedings against the Societies and the Trusts, delay in the salaries and Financial & Mental Stress to the management and staff of the Unaided Colleges.

Colleges turning NPA for default of 90 days payment while PMS due since last 3 years:-
S. Manjit Singh, Senior Vice President, PUTIA said that the Unaided Colleges when doesn't pay their bank loan Dues for 3 months, they are declared as NPA's and Banks start taking legal action against the Colleges/Trusts. On the other hand, Colleges are not getting their sanctioned dues for the PMS from the Govt. from last 3 Years.

Funds for the year 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 totally unpaid:-
Dr. Anshu Kataria, Spokesman, JAC said that the Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) funds for the year 2016-17 amounting to Rs 415.60 crore is still pending towards the Govt. The amount of Rs 538 crore for the year 2017-18; Rs 437.19 crore for the Year 2018-19 and the full amount of the year 2019-20 are fully pending towards the Govt.

JAC seeks CM Intervention:-
Dr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, President, PUTIA urged CM Punjab to instruct the DCs of all districts not to allow forceful physical possession by any bank in any college keeping in mind the future of the students and other employees.

Colleges need time for settlement with the Banks:-
Mr. Charanjeet Singh Walia, President, Nursing Colleges Association said that if the Govt has started releasing the funds now then the colleges will take some time for fund Management and get settled.

Walia said that Colleges are declared NPA for the default of 90 days while when the Govt delays the payment for 3 years nobody questions. Walia further added that some part of the funds has been released but the physical procession of the college is not justified. Colleges need more time to settle the dues.

JAC directors including S. Nirmal Singh, Sh. Anil Chopra, Mr. Jasnik Singh, S. Sukhmander Singh Chatha, S Rajinder Dhanoa, Mr. Shimanshu Gupta, Sh. Vipin Sharma, Dr. Satwinder Sandhu etc were also present during the meeting.

JAC organizes Education Conclave on Draft National Education Policy
Chandigarh 19th August 2019

“Draft National Education Policy (NEP) is a big threat to “Punjab”, “Punjabi” and “Punjabiyat”. Minister said that Centre Govt. is doing saffronisation of education in the Country. The new education draft policy has been released in every language by the Centre Govt. but not in Punjabi Language thereby neglecting the interest of Punjabi’s.” JAC Directors should meet Chief Minister Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh so that the matter can be taken further to Centre Govt.

This was said by Higher Education Minister, S. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa during an Education Conclave-2019 organized by Joint Action Committee (JAC) representing over 1650 unaided institutes of Punjab under the leadership of Chairman, JAC, Sh. Ashwani Sekhri today at Hotel JW Marriott, Chandigarh. Dr. Anshu Kataria, Spokesman, JAC; Sh. Jagjit Singh, President, B.Ed Federation & S Rajinder Dhanoa, Polytechnic Association were the moderators of the function.

School Education Minister, Sh. Vijay Inder Singla said that their department has already adopted the positive steps from the NEP for the upliftment of school education.

S. Balbir Singh Sidhu; VC, MRS-PTU, Bathinda, Dr. MPS Isher; VC, Baba Farid University, Faridkot, (Dr.) Raj Bahadur; Secretary Education, Sh. Krishan Kumar, IAS etc were also present on the occasion.

Dr Kuldip Puri, Professor Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh; Dr. Kulwinder Singh, Professor Education, Punjabi University, Patiala; Dr. Kamaljeet Singh, HoD, Education, Punjabi University Regional Centre, Bathinda; Dr. Khushwinder Kumar, Principal, Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala etc were the panelists.

S. Manjit Singh, Senior Vice President, Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association; Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA; Sh. Jagjit Singh, President, B.Ed Federation; Mr. Charanjit Singh Walia, President, Nursing Colleges Association; Sh. Anil Chopra, Confederation of Punjab Unaided Institutions; S. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, Academic Advisory Forum (AAF); S. Nirmal Singh, ETT Federation; Mr. Jasnik Singh, B.Ed Association, PU; S. Sukhmander Singh Chatha, Punjab Unaided Degree Colleges Association (PUDCA); Mr. Shimanshu Gupta, ITI Association; S Rajinder Dhanoa, Polytechnic Association; Sh. Vipin Sharma, Confederation of Unaided Colleges Association; Dr. Satwinder Sandhu, B.Ed Association GNDU Colleges etc would also be present.

AICTE is planning complete revamption of syllabus of technical courses in the Country
Mohali 7th May 2017

To increase the employability after technical courses, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi is planning complete revamption of syllabus of technical courses in the Country. The war footing work in this direction has already been initiated by AICTE involving best brains for decision making.

This was said by Dr. M.P Poonia, Vice Chairman, AICTE during a meeting with the delegation of All India Federation of Self Financing Colleges Association (AIFSFTI) under the leadership of Chief Patron, Sri R S Munirathinam and President, Dr. Anshu Kataria at New Delhi.

New syllabus from 1st July for Technical Courses:

Poonia while discussing said that AICTE is planning to amend the syllabus of engineering courses from 1st July with the addition of new subjects to bring the uniformity in the curriculum in the technical Institutions throughout the Country.

Two months Industrial Training per year must for all students:

Poonia further said that the new syllabus for engineering courses will be highly technical and job oriented. He said that the syllabus will be industry linked in which it would be made compulsory for students to spend 2 months per year in an industry to link the theory with the practical. For this AICTE is tying up with CII and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) to give industrial exposure to the students.

1st year syllabus to be made practical oriented & student friendly to control dropout rate in 1st year:

Poonia further said that after the school environment when a student enters into B.Tech 1st year he feels pressurized due to change in environment, curriculum, mode of exams etc hence few of them get dropped in 1st year. Keeping the drop out rate in mind, AICTE has brought down the credit remarks from 180 to 160 to make the students comfortable and adjust in the program. The required changes would be made in 1st year syllabi to control drop out as well as to make it practical oriented & student friendly.

Technical Teacher Training would be must for all teachers:

Poonia further added that as ETT, NTT, B.Ed etc courses have been made compulsory & pre-requisite for the school teachers on the same pattern a 3 months teachers training program would be made compulsory after M. Tech for every teacher to teach technical subjects. AICTE has given this task to Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) & would spend around 9 crores in teacher training program. AICTE has decided to start 300 new technical training programs to train over 15000 new and old technical teachers to upgrade their content and delivery techniques.

300 Teacher Training Programs to be launched in June-July:

It is to be mentioned that out of 300 training programs 100 programs have been developed specially for the new teachers while 200 programs have been made for existing faculty to update their knowledge & content. The training sessions would be conducted in the engineering colleges with a batch of 40-50 teachers in the month of June & July in the engineering colleges.

Sri K V K Rao (Andhra Pradesh), CA Manmohan Garg (Punjab), Sri Srini Bhupalam (Telangana), Sri Panduranga Shetty (Karnataka), Sri P Selvaraj (Tamil Nadu), Mr. Lalit Aggarwal (Delhi), Sh. T D Esawara Moorthy (Tamil Nadu), Sh. K G Madhu (Kerala), Sh. V K Verma (Madhya Pradesh), etc were also present.

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) has urged Centre Government for the early release of pending 350 Crore
Mohali 3rd May 2017

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) has urged Centre Government for the early release of pending 350 Crore meant for the year 2015-16 and over 500 Crore meant for SC students for the year 2016-17 under Post Matric Scholarship Scheme in Punjab.

A delegation of PUCA under the leadership of Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA and All India Federation of Self Financing Technical Institutions (AIFSFTI) today met with the Union Minister, Sh. Vijay Sampla at Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi to follow up the release of pending amount.

Dr. Anshu Kataria highlighted that around 3.15 lac SC students have applied in the year 2015-16 while 3.45 lac SC students have applied for the year 2016-17 under PMS scheme and admissions for the next session i.e 2017-18 are about to start.

Kataria further requested Sampla that as the Hon'ble Supreme Court has fixed 15 August as the last date of admissions in all over the country for technical courses on the same pattern welfare ministry should also fix a cutoff date for applying, sanctioning and releasing the scholarship to avoid delay in the release of the amount.

Kataria further said that in Punjab from last many years the funds for OBC Students have not been paid fully while Himachal Pradesh., Bihar etc are paying full reimbursement of tuition fees to the OBC students and Because of the nonpayment/delayed payments to the colleges, the colleges are in huge financial crisis.

Sampla gave patient hearing to the problems and demands of the Unaided Colleges of Punjab and assured that soon some part of the funds would be released so that students and colleges could make out of the problems from the financial crisis.

On the occasion Ms Aindri Anurag, Joint Secretary; Ms. Dhanpreet Kaur, IPS, Private Secretary; Sh. Kuldeep Bhangewala, General Sercretary, BJP, Kisan Morcha; Mr.Cherry Goyal, Malwa-I Coordinator, PUCA; Mr. Monty Garg, Malwa-II Coordinator, PUCA; Mr. Manav Dhawan, Tricity Coordinator, PUCA; Mr. Lalit Aggarwal, Delhi association from All India Federation of self financed colleges etc were also present.

All India Federation highlights self financed colleges problems to AICTE Chairman
Mohali 6th April 2019

To highlight the problems being faced by Self financing technical institutions of the Country, A delegation of All India Federation of Self Financing Technical Institutions (AIFSFTI) under the leadership of Chief Patron, Sri R S Munirathinam and President, Dr. Anshu Kataria met AICTE Chairman, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe at New Delhi.

Sri R S Munirathinam, Chief Patron while discussing about faculty ratio said that KAW committee has recommended faculty ratio as 1:25, where in AICTE, the prescribed ratio is 1:15. Munirathinam requested AICTE chairman to consider the request of KAW committee and fix the faculty ratio as 1:25.

While highlighting the problems being faced by small self financing colleges, Dr. Anshu Kataria seeks immediate intervention of AICTE in the regulatory mechanism. He demanded the level playing field for all type of Institutions including Private Universities, Deemed Universities, Self financed Colleges etc.

Sri K V K Rao, General Secretary while speaking said that as AICTE, Indian Nursing Council (INC), Dental Council of India (DCI), Medical Council of India(MCI), Central Council of Indian Medicine(CCIM) etc regulates and allots the intake capacity, admission process, administration process, eligibility process, examination process, syllabi, fee structure etc of private colleges, on the similar pattern private universities and deemed universities should be brought under the ambit of AICTE or the state regulatory body.

Rao further said that more than 90% of technical education is being offered by the Private sector but because of many reasons from last 5 years this sector is under big financial crunch. He further said that on one hand there is no upper cap on the intake capacity of the Private Universities while on the other hand technical colleges are fully regulated by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.

Delegations from around 15 different States from all across the Country including Mr. Amit Sharma, Vice President & CA, Manmohan Garg, Treasurer from Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) also participated in this meeting.

Sri Srini Bhupalam (Telangana), Sri Panduranga Shetty (Karnataka), Sri P Selvaraj (Tamil Nadu), Mr. Lalit Aggarwal (Delhi), Sri K V K Rao (Andhra Pradesh), Sh. T D Esawara Moorthy (Tamil Nadu), Sh. K G Madhu (Kerala), Sh. Rajeev Chand (Maharastra), Sh. Shridhar Singh (Rajastan), Sh. V K Verma (Madhya Pradesh), Sh. Sridhar (Andhra Pradesh), Sh. Janak P. Khandwala, Manish Shah(Gujarat), Vikram Singh (Rajasthan), Rajnish Bansal and Bhupinder Sharma (Himachal Pradesh) etc were also present in the meeting.

All India Federation of self financed colleges urged Govt to pay attention towards small colleges of the Country
Mohali 20thMarch 2017

To highlight the problems being faced by thousands of technical institutions of India, 2nd executive committee meeting of All India Federation of Self Financing Technical Institutions (AIFSFTI) was organized. Dr. Anshu Kataria, President and Sri R S Munirathinam, Chief Patron addressed the meeting and urged central Government to save the small dying self financing technical institutions of India.

Sri R S Munirathinam, Chief Patron while discussing about faculty ratio said that KAW committee has recommended faculty ratio as 1:25, where in AICTE, the prescribed ratio is 1:15. Munirathinam requested HRD to consider the request of KAW committee and fix the faculty ratio as 1:25.

Sri K V K Rao, General Secretary while speaking said that there should be level playing field for all type of Institutions including Private Universities, Deemed Universities, Self financed Colleges etc. He said that as AICTE, Indian Nursing Council (INC), Dental Council of India(DCI),Medical Council of India(MCI), Central Council of Indian Medicine(CCIM) etc regulates and allots the intake capacity, admission process, administration process, eligibility process, examination process, syllabi, fee structure etc of private colleges, on the similar pattern private universities and deemed universities should be brought under the ambit of AICTE or the state regulatory body.

Rao further said that more than 90% of technical education is being offered by the Private sector but because of many reasons from last 5 years this sector is under big financial crunch.He further said that on one hand there is no upper cap on the intake capacity of the Private Universities while on the other hand technical colleges are fully regulated by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, President while speaking said that many of the organizations have borrowed huge debt to create the infrastructure required to fulfill the records of AICTE, New Delhi. But banks have always been treating this sector as normal commercial sector and used to charge high rate of interest to self financed colleges as well as to the students. Kataria demanded that education sector should be treated as priority sector and colleges should be financed on cheaper rates while students should get interest free education loan.

Kataria further said that considering the diverse syllabus and fee structure prevalent in each and every state the association would urge govt to implement a uniform syllabus and fee structure so as to provide quality education as per the recommendations of The Krishna Committee appointed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.

It is to be mentioned that the federation has met HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar and Union Minister, Sh. M. Venkaiah Naidu to take up the issues and would soon meet AICTE Chairman, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe also.

Sri Srini Bhupalam (Telangana), Sri Panduranga Shetty (Karnataka), Sri P Selvaraj (Tamil Nadu), Mr. Lalit Aggarwal (Delhi), Sri K V K Rao (Andhra Pradesh), Sh. T D Esawara Moorthy (Tamil Nadu), Sh. K G Madhu (Kerala), Sh. Rajeev Chand (Maharastra), Sh. Shridhar Singh (Rajastan), Sh. V K Verma (Madhya Pradesh), Sh. Sridhar (Andhra Pradesh) etc were also present.

E-Learning market in education expected to touch US$ 40 billion by 2017:-VC-PTU
Mohali 7thMarch 2017

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) in collaboration with Dream weavers group organized a seminar on A 360 Analysis-Pain vs productivity on how to improve enrollment, productivity & quality learning by using technology in higher education at hotel Beckons, Sector-42, Chandigarh. Sh. Rakesh Verma, IAS, Vice Chancellor, IKG-PTU, Jalandhar was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Dr. Kulbir Singh Dhillon, Dean, Punjabi University, Patiala was the Guest of Honour while Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA presided over the function.

Mr. Sandeep Soni, CMD, Dream weavers Group and Mr. Anil Khilan, Director, Oxford Juniors were the resource persons from Dream weavers. S. Gurpreet Singh, General Secretary, PUCA was the moderator on the occasion.

Rakesh Verma while speaking on the occasion said that there are nearly 74 million Internet users in the India which is third largest in the world after US and China, 1.3 million schools, 800 universities, 38,000 colleges, 10,000 Industrial Training Institutes, 227 million students enrolled and more than 36,000 higher education institutes. India has become the second largest market for e-learning after the US. The sector is currently pegged at US$ 2-3 billion, and is expected to touch US$ 40 billion by this year 2017. But still in many education institutions, academics records are being maintained offline. Verma further added that in this high time of education, the records of admission, academics, placements, degrees and other activities should be maintained online.

Verma further said that institutions practicing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems should check the credentials, quality, implementation etc before the usage and incorporation into their systems.

Kulbir Singh while sharing his views said that there are nearly 265 colleges under the jurisdiction of Punjabi University, Patiala for which the university is trying to update the curriculum of each student online to maintain the transparency. On the same pattern, Dhillon further urged from University Grant Commission (UGC) to make the record of degrees issued by the educational institutes online so as to control the fake degrees scam in the Country.

Sandeep Soni while laying stress on the role of technology in higher education system said that students, parents, education providers both at college and university level should make technology as the integral part of curriculum, academics and researches. From the lead generation till the convocation and alumni, technology should be involved everywhere for the smooth running of the process.

Dr. Anshu Kataria while speaking on the occasion said that the role of any association is not only to submit the memorandums to various officials but also to feel their own responsibility in improving the education system of the country. The session would look forward in solving various academics problems faced by the colleges.

CA Dr. Manmohan Garg (Gurukul Vidyapeeth, Banur), Ashok Garg (SVIET, Banur), Gurkirat Singh (Gulzar Group, Ludhiana), Manav Dhawan (PGC, Lalru), Cherry Goyal (Vidyaratan College, Sangrur), Monty Garg (KCT College, Fatehgarh), Mr. Ranbir Dhindsa (Polytechnic Association) etc were also present on the occasion.

All India Federation of self financing colleges urged NDA Government to save Unaided Colleges
Mohali 2nd March 2017

To highlight the issues and problems being faced by self financed Colleges of the Country, a new association of various State level associations of the Country i.e All India Federation of Self Financing Technical Institutions (AIFSFTI) has been formed.

A Consortium of more than 15-20 State level associations of self financing Professional Colleges of Tamil Nadu under the leadership of Sri R S Munirathinam recently convened a meeting of all self financing professional colleges associations.

Dr. Anshu Kataria President, Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) has been elected as the President of AIFSFTI while Sri R S Munirathinam (Tamil Nadu) has been elected as the Chief Patron unanimously in the meeting.

Sri Srini Bhupalam (Telangana), Sri Panduranga Shetty (Karnataka), Sri Pradeep Kumar(Haryana), Sri P Selvaraj (Tamil Nadu),Mr. Lalit Aggarwal (Delhi) as the Vice Presidents; Sri K V K Rao (Andhra Pradesh & Telegana) as the General Secretary; CA Manmohan Garg (Chandigarh) as the Treasurer and other office bearers along with executive committee were nominated. In the meeting following points were discussed:

Faculty Ratio

To implement the KAW committee recommendation of the faculty issue 1:25, where in AICTE prescribed is 1:15. The federation request AICTE, atleast the ratio to be fixed 1:20 instead of the existing 1:15

Uniform Fees Structure for Technical Institutions

Being AICTE is the apex body, which fix the norms and standards of all the technical institutions in India such as, Land, Infrastructure and faculty ratio for the approval. The Federation requested to apply the same yardstick in fixing the common fees throughout the India instead of allowing the state governments which are fixing different fees.

Regarding Approval Process

The federation requested the AICTE that the continuation of the approval will be given to the institution for 5 years which has got more than 10 years of existence, for 3 years which has got more than 6 years existence.

The federation also decided to submit the detailed memorandum to the Hon'ble Minister, MHRD, and the Chairman AICTE, for the kind consideration and implementation of the requests for the betterment of the stakeholders of the Technical education in our country.

Various other office bearers were also elected including Sh. T D Esawara Moorthy (Tamil Nadu) and Sh. K G Madhu (Kerala) as Secretary; Prof A Kanakaraj (Tamil Nadu), Sh. Rajeev Chand (Maharastra), Sh. Khaja Shatfuddin (Andhra Pradesh) as the Joint Secretary. In Executive Committee Members-Sh. Shridhar Singh (Rajastan), Sh. V K Verma (Madhya Pradesh), Sh. RM Kishore (Tamil Nadu), Sh. Leo Sai Prasad (Tamil Nadu), Sh. Vijay Sundram (Tamil Nadu), Sh. Sridhar (Andhra Pradesh), Er. BS Yadav, JN Chouksey, Mr. R. Natarajan (Tamil Nadu) as Legal Advisor, Dr K. Manivannan (Tamil Nadu) as coordinator etc were also appointed.

Dr. Anshu Kataria elected as the President while R S Munirathinam as the Chief Patron
Mohali 15th February 2017

To highlight the issues and problems being faced by self financed Colleges of the Country, a new association of various State level associations of the Country i.e All India Federation of Self Financing Technical Institutions (AIFSFTI) has been formed.

A Consortium of more than 15-20 State level associations of self financing Professional Colleges of Tamil Nadu under the leadership of Sri R S Munirathinam recently convened a meeting of all self financing professional colleges associations.

Dr. Anshu Kataria President, Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) has been elected as the President of AIFSFTI while Sri R S Munirathinam (Tamil Nadu) has been elected as the Chief Patron unanimously in the meeting.

Sri Srini Bhupalam (Telangana), Sri Panduranga Shetty (Karnataka), Sri Pradeep Kumar(Haryana), Sri P Selvaraj (Tamil Nadu),Mr. Lalit Aggarwal (Delhi) as the Vice Presidents; Sri K V K Rao (Andhra Pradesh & Telegana) as the General Secretary; CA Manmohan Garg (Chandigarh) as the Treasurer and other office bearers along with executive committee were nominated. In the meeting following points were discussed:

Faculty Ratio

To implement the KAW committee recommendation of the faculty issue 1:25, where in AICTE prescribed is 1:15. The federation request AICTE, atleast the ratio to be fixed 1:20 instead of the existing 1:15

Uniform Fees Structure for Technical Institutions

Being AICTE is the apex body, which fix the norms and standards of all the technical institutions in India such as, Land, Infrastructure and faculty ratio for the approval. The Federation requested to apply the same yardstick in fixing the common fees throughout the India instead of allowing the state governments which are fixing different fees.

Regarding Approval Process

The federation requested the AICTE that the continuation of the approval will be given to the institution for 5 years which has got more than 10 years of existence, for 3 years which has got more than 6 years existence.

The federation also decided to submit the detailed memorandum to the Hon'ble Minister, MHRD, and the Chairman AICTE, for the kind consideration and implementation of the requests for the betterment of the stakeholders of the Technical education in our country.

Various other office bearers were also elected including Sh. T D Esawara Moorthy (Tamil Nadu) and Sh. K G Madhu (Kerala) as Secretary; Prof A Kanakaraj (Tamil Nadu), Sh. Rajeev Chand (Maharastra), Sh. Khaja Shatfuddin (Andhra Pradesh) as the Joint Secretary. In Executive Committee Members-Sh. Shridhar Singh (Rajastan), Sh. V K Verma (Madhya Pradesh), Sh. RM Kishore (Tamil Nadu), Sh. Leo Sai Prasad (Tamil Nadu), Sh. Vijay Sundram (Tamil Nadu), Sh. Sridhar (Andhra Pradesh), Er. BS Yadav, JN Chouksey, Mr. R. Natarajan (Tamil Nadu) as Legal Advisor, Dr K. Manivannan (Tamil Nadu) as coordinator etc were also appointed.

Dr. Anshu Kataria has been elected as the President of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) for the consecutive 2nd year in the 1st Annual General Meeting
Mohali 28th January 2017

Dr. Anshu Kataria has been elected as the President of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) for the consecutive 2nd year in the 1st Annual General Meeting held today at Hotel Amara, Sector-43, Chandigarh.

The meeting was attended by various executive members of PUCA. PUCA thrown light on the various developments made to save the dying education industry of Punjab in its previous year.

Other members of the body were also elected unanimously for the second year. Advocate Amit Sharma (ACET, Amritsar) as the senior Vice president, S. Gurfateh Gill (Adesh Group, Gharuan) as Vice President; S. Gurpreet singh (Universal Group, Lalru) as General Secretary; Ashok Garg (SVIET, Banur) as Treasurer, Gurkirat Singh (Gulzar Group, Ludhiana) as Joint Secretary-I, CA Renu Arora (SPCET, Lalru) as Joint Secretary-II;Mr. Rajesh Garg(Bharat Group of Institutions) and Mr. Vicky Singhal (Aryabhatta, Barnala) have been appointed as the coordinators for MRS-PTU,Bathinda.

To highlight the financial problems being faced by the Colleges, CA Dr. Manmohan Garg (Gurukul Vidyapeeth, Banur) was made Finance Secretary. To strengthen the membership of the association, region wise Coordinators were also appointed. Manav Dhawan (PGC, Lalru) as Tricity Coordinator, Cherry Goyal (Vidyaratan College, Sangrur) as Malwa-I Coordinator, Monty Garg (KCT College, Fatehgarh) as Malwa-II Coordinator, Dr. Akashdeep Singh(Global Instt, Amritsar) as Majha Coordinator and Mr. Sanjeev Chopra (HIMT, Jalandhar) as Doaba Coordinator, Dr. Guninderjit Jwanda (Bhai Gurdas) as the Head Scholarship Dept.

Dr. Anshu Kataria while thanking all the founder members said that with the support of all PUCA has not only successfully completed its one year but it has competed with the other organizations in the interest of unaided colleges and students. He further requested all members to come forward with more strength in the year 2017.

CA Manmohan Garg while speaking on the occasion said that in the history of 51 years of Punjab it is for the first time when 13 various educational associations have gathered on one platform and jointly acted for the release of scholarship amount for SC students of Punjab. He congratulated Dr. Anshu Kataria for this achievement in his tenure.

PUCA also celebrated its 1st foundation day. The function was followed by cake cutting ceremony.

PUCA demands interest free/low rate interest regime for education sector
Mohali 15th January 2017

A delegation of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) under the leadership of President, Dr. Anshu Kataria participated in the workshop conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi on the recently released handbook approval process for the year 2017-18 in Delhi.

The workshop was attended by around 500 more delegations including Vice Chancellors of various Government Universities, Chairmen, Delegates, Directorates of Technical Education etc. Mr. Manav Dhawan, Tricity Coordinator, PUCA was also present on the occasion.

PUCA also demanded from Hon'ble Chairman, AICTE, Prof. Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe:

Easy and low rate of Interest loans to the Colleges and interest free loan to the students.

Kataria said that health and education both have always remained the priority sectors of various Governments. He said that in a Country home loan, car loan are cheaper but colleges and students are paying more interest on the education loans. He demanded that on the one hand, the Unaided colleges should be given project financing on the cheaper rate of interest on the other hand the students should be given interest free education loan. Education should be treated as a priority sector for funding unaided colleges and students for education loans.

Scholarship to Economically Weaker Students (EWS) of the society

Dr. Anshu Kataria while speaking on the occasion said that as the Central Government has spent around 65,000 Crore for Scholarship to SC/ST students in last 5 years on the same pattern scholarship should also be given to economically weaker students also for their higher education.

Fall and winter session of admissions in India

PUCA also demanded that AICTE should allow colleges to admit students twice in a year. If permitted then the colleges would be able to fill their vacant seats against the sanctioned intake. Already in most of the countries across the Globe admissions are done in fall and winter session while in India only July Batch is permitted.

Sahasrabudhe gave patient hearing to all the demands and Problems of PUCA. He agreed that all the concerns are genuine and need attention.

After the workshop in an informal meeting of all the associations of the Country, PUCA requested all members of other associations to come forward on one platform to save the interests of all AICTE approved and Unaided Colleges.

PUCA thanks AICTE for accepting demands of Unaided Colleges
Mohali 11th January 2017

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), New Delhi has announced approval process for the year 2017-18 for around 14543 Colleges. Colleges can apply for the new approval process from 5th January to 4th February, 2017.

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) welcomes the new AICTE approval process as it met all the demands for which PUCA was requesting since last one Year.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA said that now the colleges can temporarily reduce their intake against the seats which were not being filled and later on can restore whenever needed without National Board of Accreditation (NBA). "This will help in reducing the financial burden and other resources from the ailing unaided Colleges" Kataria added.

Giving more relaxation to the ailing education Industry, AICTE has permitted Pharmacy Degree Colleges to start Diploma Pharmacy courses with the existing resources available with them. This decision would help the colleges to increase their revenue and reduce their cost.

It is to be mentioned that in year 2017-18 there are total 14543 AICTE approved Institutions out of which 4469 are Diploma Colleges, 4408 are under Graduates (UG) Colleges, 5666 Post Graduate (PG) Colleges in India.

Its worth mentioning that in the year 2016-17 there were 12.93 lakh intakes in Diploma/Post Diploma Courses, 17.52 lakh in Engineering & Technology, 3.92 lakh in Management, 94159 in MCA, 1.30 lakh in Pharmacy, 9936 in Architecture, 6109 in Hotel Management & Catering.

Ex Army Chief Gen JJ Singh (Retd) launches "Aryans Special Scholarship Scheme for the wards of Army Personnel"
Mohali 24th November 2016

Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh launched "Aryans Special Scholarship Scheme for the wards of Army Personnel" in a press conference held today at Mohali. General JJ Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd) (Ex Army Chief) and Former Governor, Arunachal Pradesh was the Chief Guest on the occasion while Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges presided over the event.

Under this special scheme, 50 students will be benefitted who would get 50% Scholarship in various courses being offered at Aryans i.e. B.Tech, MBA, BBA, BCA, Diploma, GNM, BA, B.Com, ANM, LLB, BA-LLB etc. Those who are interested in getting this scholarship can call on Toll free Helpline 1800-30000-388 or visit www.aryans.edu.in. This Special Scholarship can be availed by the wards of Army Personnel- All ranks, Paramilitary Personnel, Territorial Army (T.A) Personnel etc.

General JJ Singh said that it is a great gratitude of Aryans Group towards soldiers of the country. He said that soldiers take care of security and safety of the country while in its initiative Aryans Group is going to take responsibilities of the soldiers.

General JJ Singh (Retd) after the launch of the scheme said that this is a great and unique initiative being taken by Aryans Group to help the wards of Army Personnel to study in Aryans by providing them the Financial Support. He added that this special scholarship is very beneficial for the wards of External and Internal Securities who have spent the prime time of their lives in the service of our motherland.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges said that there are various Army Schools where the children of Army Personnel get good Education. But after schooling, for getting Professional education, they have to go to Private Colleges where the Fee Structure is very high. He added that now, new avenues are being opened by Aryans especially for children of Army personnel.

It is to be mentioned that the scholarship was launched by Gen JJ Singh in the year 2014 for the wards of Army Personnel which has now been extended further for the year 2017-18.

PUCA demands relaxation in norms from AICTE
Mohali 25th October 2016

A delegation of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) participated in the workshop conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi for the handbook approval process for the year 2017-18 in Delhi.

The delegation was led by the President, PUCA, Dr. Anshu Kataria. The associations of different States participated in the workshop. The Vice Chancellor's, Registrars, Chairmen, Directors of various Universities/Colleges also participated.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA while speaking on the occasion said that as more than 50% seats in AICTE approved Colleges are lying vacant so the Colleges may be permitted to reduce the intake/number of seats without asking any charges by AICTE which can further help them to reduce their financial burden.

Kataria further demanded that instead of year to year basis approval the AICTE should rather give approval for 2-3 Years to the Colleges so that the Colleges should not go through the approval process every year.

After the workshop while addressing the informal meeting of all the associations of the Country and said that to save the dying AICTE approved Colleges in the Country all associations must come under the roof of a joint National association who can work for the rights of these Colleges.

Sh. Manav Dhawan, Tricity Coordinator, PUCA further demanded that the colleges with multiple disciplines should be given further relaxation in terms of land requirement, faculty, library, lab etc. Reform in these rules and regulations would help in reducing the cost of education.

Dhawan also demanded that keeping in view the interest of the Colleges and changing scenario of the industry AICTE should take initiative steps in giving approvals for the new courses and Skill Development Courses by National Skill Development Corporation to the Colleges.

Sh. Pardeep Kumar, President, Haryana Association; Sh. V.K. Rav, Andhra Association; Sh. Ajit Patel, Sh. A.K Jain, Sh. V.K. Verma, Madhya Pradesh; Dr. Lalit Kumar, Delhi Association, Sh Shridhar, Rajasthan Association; V. Shridhar, Telangna Association; Sh. P.P. Ambastha, Chhattisgarh Association; Dr. Anil Padlekar, Maharashtra Association etc were also present.

Around 1000 Colleges of Punjab remains closed on 2nd day of Bandh
Mohali 22nd October 2016

Around 1000 Unaided Educational Institutions of Punjab remained closed on the second day of Punjab Bandh also.Joint Action Committee (JAC) submitted memorandum to Chief Minister,Punjab,Sh. Parkash Singh Badal and all the Cabinet Ministers of Punjab at various districts.

Dr. Anshu Kataria,Spokesman,Joint Action Committee(JAC) while briefing the compiled report of all the districts said that if the Government won't release 480 Crore under Post Matric Scholarship meant for SC-OBC students in next 15 days than the ongoing stir would be intensified with the involvement of Staff and Management of all the Unaided Colleges of Punjab.

JAC team of Pathankot Distt submitted memorandum to the Chief Minister,Punjab,S. Parkash Singh Badal; Amritsar team submitted memorandum to Sh. Gulzar Singh Ranike;Barnala & Sangrur teams submitted to Sh. Parminder Singh Dhindsa;Bathinda team to Sh. Sikandar Singh Maluka; Faridkot team to Sh. Mantar Singh Brar;Fatehgarh Sahib and Mohali team to Dr. Daljeet Singh Cheema;Ferozpur & Moga team to Sh. Tota Singh;Fazilka team to Sh. Surjit Singh Jayani;Gurdaspur team to Sh. Bikramjit Singh Majithjia;Hoshiarpur team to Sh. Sohan Singh Thandal.

Jalandhar team to Ajit Singh Kohar;Kapurthala team to Chunni Lal Bhagat; Ludhiana team to Sh. Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon;Mansa team to Sh. Janmeja Singh Sekhon;Patiala team to Sh. Surjit Singh Rakhra; Rupnagar & Nawashahar team to Sh. Madan Mohan Mittal & Tarantaran team to Sh. Adeshpartap Singh Kairon.

Sh. Jagjit Singh, President, Federation of Self-Financed B.Ed college of Punjab questioned "What wrong have the unaided colleges done that they are running from pillar to post to get these funds released from last 2 years which is meant for the students?"

Dr. J.S Dhaliwal, President, PUTIA said that many colleges have been declared Non Performing Asset (NPA) by the banks because State Government has not paid the scholarship amount for 2015-16 year and many more would be declared NPA if Government would further delay in the release of scholarship funds" he added.

Sh. Rajinder Dhanoa, Gen. Secretary, Association of Polytechnic Colleges of Punjab said that earlier to this the Punjab Government has played various tactics to delay the funds by terming 10% drop rate as as "Bogus" or by inquiring the number of SC students a number of times in the Colleges and creating havoc with the unaided colleges by not paying scholarship of more than 2.85 lacs of 2014-15 and around 3 lacs students of 2015-16.

Sh. Amarjeet Walia, Ayurvedic Association further added that now Government is saying that Govt. will reimburse the scholarship at par the lowest fee structure of Govt. Colleges, which is clearly the violation of the central scheme. The Scheme states that the colleges will be reimbursed the paid seat fee, if such fee is decided by the state Govt. So all the unaided colleges shall be reimbursed the paid seat fee to all such colleges where there is a difference of fee in Govt. and private colleges.

Mr. Charanjit Walia, President, Nursing Colleges Association; Dr. Vikram Sharma, Dental Association; S. Nirmal Singh, ETT Federation; Jasnik Singh Kakkar, B.Ed Association (Panjab University); Satwinder Singh Sandhu, B.Ed Association (GNDU); Shimanshu Gupta, Private ITI Association; Gurmeet Dhaliwal, Chairman, Academic Advisory Forum; Sukhmander Singh Chatha, President, Punjab Unaided Degree Colleges, Association are also the members of JAC.

JAC calls 2 days Bandh for 21-22 Oct for all the Unaided Colleges
Mohali 21st October 2016

1st day of 2 days bandh was marked successful in which around 1000 Unaided Educational Institutions of 22 districts of Punjab remained closed today. The bandh was called by the Joint Action Committee (JAC), Punjab. To mark the protest, Black Flags on the College buildings and Banners on the gates were also hanged.

Unaided Colleges are on warpath due to the non payment of around 480 Crore by the State Government means for SC-OBC students under the Post Matric Scholarship.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, Spokesman, Joint Action Committee (JAC) said that JAC would submit a memorandum to all the Cabinet Ministers of their respective districts. while describing the pity situation of the Colleges of Punjab, Kataria added that around 2.85 Lakhs in 2014-15, 3 lakh students in 2015-16 and equal number in year 2016-17 have been enrolled under PMS scheme in various Technical, Degree, B.Ed, ETT, Nursing, Ayurvedic etc Colleges in Punjab.

But due to the non payment of scholarship funds by the Government since last 2 years the Unaided Colleges are under huge financial crunch.

Dr. J.S Dhaliwal, President, PUTIA said that earlier to this 7th October has been observed as the black day for education in Punjab and now Colleges would be kept closed for 2 days i.e for 21-22nd October. "The next meeting of JAC would be called in the 1st week of November to decide the next action plan if the full amount wouldn't be released soon" Dhaliwal added.

Sh. Rajinder Dhanoa, Gen. Secretary, Association of Polytechnic Colleges of Punjab said that many states, including Himachal Pradesh, Bihar etc. reimburse the scholarship to the OBC students. Dhanoa questioned when centre Govt. has a policy to pay the scholarship for the OBC students then why it is not there in Punjab?

Sh. Jagjit Singh, President, Federation of Self-Financed B.Ed college of Punjab said that now Government is saying that Govt. will reimburse the scholarship at par the lowest fee structure of Govt. Colleges, which is clearly the violation of the central scheme. The Scheme states that the colleges will be reimbursed the paid seat fee, if such fee is decided by the state Govt. So all the unaided colleges shall be reimbursed the paid seat fee to all such colleges where there is a difference of fee in Govt. and private colleges.

S. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, Chairman, Academic Advisory Forum, Punjabi University said that the educational institutes should be made tax free. Because by providing the education these institutes are serving the Govt. duty. This is a social cause but there are many taxes and other charges being charged from the institutions like stamp duties, CLU Charges, EDC, Transport taxes, VAT, Building access etc. The rate of power is also very high for institutions as compared to industry. Hence there should be a different category for institutions for power tariff.

Mr. Charanjit Walia, President, Nursing Colleges Association; Sh. Amarjeet Walia, Ayurvedic Association; Dr. Vikram Sharma, Dental Association; S. Nirmal Singh, ETT Federation; Jasnik Singh Kakkar, B.Ed Association (Panjab University); Satwinder Singh Sandhu, B.Ed Association (GNDU); Shimanshu Gupta, Private ITI Association; Sukhmander Singh Chatha, President, Punjab Unaided Degree Colleges, Association are also the members of Joint Action Committee.

Non Payment of SC-OBC Scholarship:- Unaided colleges on warpath with Punjab Govt
Mohali 17th October 2016

Due to over delay and non payment of Post Matric Scholarship funds meant for SC OBC students of Punjab by the Govt., 13 Associations of Punjab have decided to observe Bandh on 7th October.

The office bearers of all 13 associations met today and decided to observe "Bandh" on 7th October followed by hosting a Black Flag in front of the Colleges. The associations decided to submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner's in each district to aware them about the situation.

The meeting was attended by Dr. J.S Dhaliwal, President, PUTIA; Sh. Jagjit Singh, President, Federation of Self-Financed B.Ed college of Punjab; Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA; Sh. Rajinder Dhanoa, President, Association of Polytechnic Colleges of Punjab; Mr. Charanjit Walia, President, Nursing Colleges Association; Sh. Amarjeet Walia, Ayurvedic Association; Dr. Vikram Sharma, Dental Association; ETT Federation; Jasmeet Singh, B.Ed Association(Panjab University); Satwinder Singh Sandhu, B.Ed Association (GNDU); Shimanshu Gupta, Private ITI Association; Gurmeet Dhaliwal,Chairman, Academic Advisory Forum; Sukhmander Singh Chatha, President, Punjab Unaided Degree Colleges, Association etc.

Jagjit Singh , President, Federation of Self-Financed B.Ed colleges of Punjab said that Unaided Colleges were asked not to charge any fees from SC/BC students by Punjab Govt and it was duly implemented by all Unaided colleges of Punjab moreover the examination fees of these students too were deposited from college funds but till date despite repeated representation to CM/ Deputy CM/ Secretaries / Directors, Punjab Govt is yet to release 80 crores for 2,86,000 students of 2014-15 and Approx 400 crores of 3 lac students of 2015- 16.

Jagjit Singh further added that if the Government would not take immediate action by releasing the funds till or on 7th October then next action plan would be decided after 7th October.

Dr. J.S Dhaliwal, President, PUTIA urged that Education Industry in Punjab should be made Tax Free as other Commercial Industries. The Colleges should be made Tax free from VAT, CLU,Transport, Construction cess etc so that there should not be any burden on the Private Unaided Colleges.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA says, "In Punjab, OBC Students has not paid single penny since last many years while Himachal Pradesh, Bihar Government etc are paying full reimbursement of tuition fees to the OBC students" due to which the students, parents and colleges are facing hardships.

Kataria further demanded that when other Governments are reimbursing the tuition fees of OBC students than Punjab Government should also reimburse the scholarship meant for OBC students of Punjab.

Representatives from various associations and colleges including Sh. Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal (CGC, Landran); Mr. Gurvinder Singh, (Rayat & Bahra Group);Dr. hakam Jawanda (Bhai Gurdas Group); Dr. Zora Singh (Desh Bhagat);Mr. Harinder Kanda(Quest Group) were present on the behalf of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUTIA).

Dr. Manmohan Garg, Finance Secretary ; S. Gurpreet Singh , General Secretary; S. Gurfateh Gill, Vice President; CA Renu Arora, Joint Secretary; Manav Dhawan, Tricity Coordinator; Cherry Goyal, Malwa-I Coordinator; Monty Garg, Malwa-II Coordinator; Ankur Garg, Treasurer; Mr. Sanjeev Chopra, Doaba Coordinator etc represented PUCA.

Jagjit Singh was asked to coordinate amongst these 13 associations and to pursue with the Government to solve the problems being faced by these associations.

All Punjab Unaided Colleges to observe Bandh on 7th October
Mohali 7th October 2016

Due to over delay and non payment of Post Matric Scholarship funds meant for SC OBC students of Punjab by the Govt., 13 Associations of Punjab have decided to observe Bandh on 7th October.

The office bearers of all 13 associations met today and decided to observe "Bandh" on 7th October followed by hosting a Black Flag in front of the Colleges. The associations decided to submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner's in each district to aware them about the situation.

The meeting was attended by Dr. J.S Dhaliwal, President, PUTIA; Sh. Jagjit Singh, President, Federation of Self-Financed B.Ed college of Punjab; Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA; Sh. Rajinder Dhanoa, President, Association of Polytechnic Colleges of Punjab; Mr. Charanjit Walia, President, Nursing Colleges Association; Sh. Amarjeet Walia, Ayurvedic Association; Dr. Vikram Sharma, Dental Association; ETT Federation; Jasmeet Singh, B.Ed Association(Panjab University); Satwinder Singh Sandhu, B.Ed Association (GNDU); Shimanshu Gupta, Private ITI Association; Gurmeet Dhaliwal,Chairman, Academic Advisory Forum; Sukhmander Singh Chatha, President, Punjab Unaided Degree Colleges, Association etc.

Jagjit Singh , President, Federation of Self-Financed B.Ed colleges of Punjab said that Unaided Colleges were asked not to charge any fees from SC/BC students by Punjab Govt and it was duly implemented by all Unaided colleges of Punjab moreover the examination fees of these students too were deposited from college funds but till date despite repeated representation to CM/ Deputy CM/ Secretaries / Directors, Punjab Govt is yet to release 80 crores for 2,86,000 students of 2014-15 and Approx 400 crores of 3 lac students of 2015- 16.

Jagjit Singh further added that if the Government would not take immediate action by releasing the funds till or on 7th October then next action plan would be decided after 7th October.

Dr. J.S Dhaliwal, President, PUTIA urged that Education Industry in Punjab should be made Tax Free as other Commercial Industries. The Colleges should be made Tax free from VAT, CLU,Transport, Construction cess etc so that there should not be any burden on the Private Unaided Colleges.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA says, "In Punjab, OBC Students has not paid single penny since last many years while Himachal Pradesh, Bihar Government etc are paying full reimbursement of tuition fees to the OBC students" due to which the students, parents and colleges are facing hardships.

Kataria further demanded that when other Governments are reimbursing the tuition fees of OBC students than Punjab Government should also reimburse the scholarship meant for OBC students of Punjab.

Representatives from various associations and colleges including Sh. Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal (CGC, Landran); Mr. Gurvinder Singh, (Rayat & Bahra Group);Dr. hakam Jawanda (Bhai Gurdas Group); Dr. Zora Singh (Desh Bhagat);Mr. Harinder Kanda(Quest Group) were present on the behalf of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUTIA).

Dr. Manmohan Garg, Finance Secretary ; S. Gurpreet Singh , General Secretary; S. Gurfateh Gill, Vice President; CA Renu Arora, Joint Secretary; Manav Dhawan, Tricity Coordinator; Cherry Goyal, Malwa-I Coordinator; Monty Garg, Malwa-II Coordinator; Ankur Garg, Treasurer; Mr. Sanjeev Chopra, Doaba Coordinator etc represented PUCA.

Jagjit Singh was asked to coordinate amongst these 13 associations and to pursue with the Government to solve the problems being faced by these associatio.

PUCA appealed around 700 Colleges to observe Bandh & Host Black Flags
Mohali 5th October 2016

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) has decided to observe Punjab Bandh on 7th October. Around 700 Colleges of Punjab would remain closed for one day due to the non payment of SC BC scholarship funds. Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA appealed all Unaided Colleges to observe Bandh for 1 day and host Black Flags on their Colleges.

Dr. Manmohan Garg, Finance Secretary ; S. Gurpreet Singh , General Secretary; S. Gurfateh Gill, Vice President; CA Renu Arora, Joint Secretary; Manav Dhawan, Tricity Coordinator; Cherry Goyal, Malwa-I Coordinator; Monty Garg, Malwa-II Coordinator; Ankur Garg, Treasurer; Mr. Sanjeev Chopra, Doaba Coordinator etc were present during the meeting

Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA said that if Government would not take any action on 7th October then the next action plan would be made in the next joint meeting of all associations on 7th October.

It is to be mentioned that a joint meeting of 13 different associations was recently held which was attended by Dr. J.S Dhaliwal, President, PUTIA; Sh. Jagjit Singh, President, Federation of Self-Financed B.Ed college of Punjab; Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA; Sh. Rajinder Dhanoa, President, Association of Polytechnic Colleges of Punjab; Mr. Charanjit Walia, President, Nursing Colleges Association; Sh. Amarjeet Walia, Ayurvedic Association; Dr. Vikram Sharma, Dental Association; S. Nirmal Singh, ETT Federation; Jasmeet Singh, B.Ed Association(Panjab University); Satwinder Singh Sandhu, B.Ed Association (GNDU); Shimanshu Gupta, Private ITI Association; Gurmeet Dhaliwal,Chairman, Academic Advisory Forum; Sukhmander Singh Chatha, President, Punjab Unaided Degree Colleges, Association etc and urged Government to release the funds meant for SC BC students.

480 Crore unpaid, Punjab Colleges Associations decides Punjab Bandh
Mohali 30th September 2016

Around 700 Unaided Colleges of Punjab are at verge of closure courtesy due to Punjab Govt's futile promises to release Post Matric Scholarship of SC / BC students in time. It is worth mentioning that Private Unaided Colleges of Punjab cater to 95% students of Punjab but most are facing risk of closure in want of funds.

The Joint action Committee comprising PUTIA ( Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association), PUCA ( Punjab Unaided Colleges Association), B.Ed Federation, ITI Association, ETT Federation, , Degree College association, Nursing college association, Polytechnic Association and education Forum met today and decided to take firm action for saving the carrier of SC/ BC students.

Unaided Colleges were asked not to charge any fees from SC/BC students by Punjab Govt and it was duly implemented by all Unaided colleges of Punjab moreover the examination fees of these students too were deposited from college funds but till date despite repeated representation to CM/ Deputy CM/ Secretaries / Directors, Punjab Govt is yet to release 80 crores for 2,86,000 students of 2014-15 and Approx 400 crores of 3 lac students of 2015- 16.

It is to be mentioned that due to non payment of Scholarship amount for SC/ST students Colleges are not able to the salaries timely. Many colleges have been declared Non Performing Asset (NPA) by the banks State Government and many more would be declared NPA if Government would further delay in the release of scholarship funds.

Punjab Bandh to be announced on meeting of Joint action committee in Chandigarh on 3rd October.

PUCA meets Union Industry Minister
Mohali 11th September 2016

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) has urged the Punjab Government to release Post Matric Scholarship funds for the previous sessions of 2014-2015 & 2015-16.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA said that in the recent reports Sh. Vijay Sampla, Minister of state for social Justice has said that the Centre has already released 172 crore to the State Government for the year 2015-16 but the Punjab Government has released only 44 crores to the Private Unaided Colleges."Why the balance amount of Rs 128 crore has not been released to the colleges when Centre has already given?" Kataria questioned.

Kataria said that Post Matric Scholarship funds has not been fully disbursed for the year 2014-15 while for the year 2015-16 only 30% has been disbursed for some districts while 70% is totally due towards the Government.

Kataria further added that admissions for the year 2016-17 are almost closed and another 500-600 crore would become due in coming weeks for the year 2016-17.

Senior Vice president, Sh. Amit Sharma, said "We cannot deny admission to SC/ST/OBC students. But at the same time we need funds to run our institutions but Punjab does not release the payment on time due to which institutions are facing financial crisis.

Finance Secretary, CA Manmohan Garg said that because of the delay in the payment of PMS by the state, the financial system of many colleges is upset, while on the other hand, if colleges don't serve the debt taken from the bank for over 90 days the account is declared as Non Performing assets (NPA).

Joint Secretary, Gurkirat Singh said that many states, including Himachal Pradesh, Bihar etc. reimburse the scholarship to the OBC students. Gurkirat Singh questioned when centre Govt has a policy to pay the scholarship for the OBC students then why it is not there in Punjab?

vacant- PUCA urged Govt. to rescue ailing Education Industry
Mohali 4th September 2016

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) urged Government should rescue ailing unaided Private Educational Institutions of Punjab.

Recently a meeting of PUCA was held under the leadership of President, PUCA, Dr. Anshu Kataria. It was decided that a delegation of PUCA would soon meet Punjab Government to make them aware about the problems being faced by unaided colleges of Punjab.

Dr. Anshu Kataria while speaking on the occasion said that as per latest information in Technical sector, around 75-80% seats are lying vacant due to which huge investment and infrastructure in Punjab would now be left unutilized.

It is to be mentioned that in Punjab there are 108 Engineering Colleges, 165 Polytechnic Colleges, 51 Pharmacy Colleges, 232 Management Colleges, 9 Architecture Colleges etc. More than 90% of Technical education in Punjab is under Unaided Private Colleges.

S. Jagjit Singh, Senior Vice President, Federation of Self Financed Colleges of Education said that in 2016, GNDU could fill only 6500 seats against 25000 seats in one and half months which would lead to huge financial loss.

Jagjit Singh further said that after its own failure GNDU has asked Private Unaided Colleges to fill the left out around 18500 seats in week's time.

S. Jagjit Singh further said that Degree Colleges have also observed a steep fall in 2016 admissions due to high Registration and examination charges. "Government Universities have raised these annual charges from Rs 1800/- to 8000/- in last 7-8 years.

"Students are unable to pay such high charges which are being charged by Government Universities leading to major downfall in admissions in these Institutions" Jagjit added.

Similarly in Nursing as per the last year report around 25-30% of the seats were left vacant in the colleges in the year 2015-16.

Manmohan Garg said that due to non payment of Scholarship amount for SC/ST students Colleges are not able to the salaries timely. Many colleges have been declared Non Performing Asset (NPA) by the banks State Government and many more would be declared NPA if Government would further delay in the release of scholarship funds.

PUCA has also demanded that Government should form a high level committee to look into the reasons for the sudden downfall of education Industry in Punjab and urged Government intervention to save the dying unaided colleges in Punjab.

Senior Vice president, Sh. Amit Sharma (Amritsar Engineering Colleges); Vice President, S. Gurfateh Gill (Adesh Group); Finance Secretary, Manmohan Garg (Gurukul Vidyapeeth); Treasurer, Ashok Garg (SVIET); Tricity Coordinator, Manav Dhawan (Punjab Group of Colleges); Mr. Cherry (Vidyarattan); Mr. Gurkirat Singh (Gulzar Group); Doaba Coordinator, Mr. Sanjeev Chopra (HIMT Hoshiarpur) etc were also present in the meeting.

PUCA has urged Punjab government to clear the picture on the status of Post Matric Scholarship funds.
Mohali 21st May 2016

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) has urged Punjab government to clear the picture on the status of Post Matric Scholarship funds.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA said that Chief Minister, Punjab Sh. Parkash Singh Badal has stated that the center is not releasing the funds, while BJP's minister and state president, Sh. Vijay Sampla has said that the Punjab Government has not submitted the utilization's end use certificates for the previous years resulting in delays. On the other hand, Congress leader Sh. Sunil Jakhar, has alleged the Badal Government that they have diverted the sanctioned scholarships' funds for other purposes.

PUCA requested the Government to clarify the actual position regarding the status of PMS Scholarship without any delay so the students, parents and colleges should come to know about the true facts

Kataria questioned "What wrong unaided colleges have done that they are running pillar to post to get these funds released"

PUCA, has also urged the Punjab Government to immediately release the Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) funds held up for the last one and a half years in order to bring out the unaided colleges from the huge financial crisis.

S. Gurpreet Singh General Secretary, PUCA said that the unaided colleges are doing the job that govt should have done. Over 90% of the work of imparting technical education is being done by the private unaided colleges. He also said that because of these policies of the government the entire education industry is in deep trouble.

Sh. Manmohan Garg, Finance Secretary, PUCA said that many entrepreneurs have borrowed crores of funds from the banks and this delay has resulted in many colleges have been declared as NPAs by the banks" .

AICTE has launched Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) for technical institutes
Mohali 16th April 2016

To make proper utilization of existing resources available at the Engineering Colleges and Polytechnics, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has launched Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) for technical institutes to impart Skill based training to the students during the off- college hours.

As per the new scheme AICTE would offer training to atleast 100 unemployed youth per year in engineering skills based on the job roles as per National Occupational Standards (NOS) prescribed by Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship under NSQF. Interestingly the additional cost of the course would be born by AICTE itself.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) while welcoming this initiative taken by AICTE said that the Technical Institutes are viable vehicle for conducting such skill training sessions. The step would also strengthen "Make in India", "Digital India", "Startup India" and other such projects involved to develop around 109 million skilled persons by 2022.

Kataria further said that on the one hand such new schemes would help students to get skill development education and at the same time the unutilized infrastructure of the colleges could also be brought under proper utilization.

Kataria further added that on the same pattern State should also set up a committee to access the total surplus infrastructure available in the technical institutes of the Punjab wherein such other courses etc can be started.

It is to be mentioned that the last date for the submission of online application on AICTE portal is 18th April under which all eligible institutions will have to offer skills training for 250 hours to a batch of 100 students based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) in engineering skills. AICTE will give grant in aid i.e Rs. 10,000/- per student.

PUCA has requested the State Government to immediate release the funds meant for PMS for SC-ST students in the state
Mohali 10th April 2016

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) has requested the State Government to immediate release the funds meant for Post Matric Scholarship scheme (PMS) for SC-ST students in the state. The final second semester examination of the students are starting at the end of the April and colleges are finding it tough to conduct the exams as they don't have money to pay even the salaries & other expenses. It is to be mentioned that around 125 crore is due for the year 2014-15 and above 525 crore is due for the year 2015-16

President, PUCA, Dr. Anshu Kataria demanded that Government should atleast make some partial payment out of 500-600 crore so that colleges can pay salaries to the teachers. Even the Government Universities including IKG- Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar (IKG-PTU), Maharaja Ranjit Singh-Punjab Technical University, Bathinda (MRS-PTU), Punjabi University, Patiala etc are demanding examination fee of SC-ST students from the colleges."How a college can pay to the University when neither the State Government nor the students have paid even single penny for 2015-16 to the colleges?"

Dr. Kataria further said, "Punjab government had already investigated the matter four times in various departments including Sanctioning authority, concerned departments i.e. DPI (Schools), DPI (Colleges), Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DRME) and Director Technical Education (DTE). PUCA is ready for the probe of any college associated with them. If any college found guilty, the scholarship for that particular college must be stopped, but rest of the colleges should not suffer for this."

Finance Secretary Manmohan Garg says, "Although the number of colleges indicted in the inquiry conducted by Government is very small. Just for amount of 30-50 crore, state government has not released Rs 500- 550 crore. It is totally unjustified."

"Many colleges have been declared Non Performing Asset (NPA) by the banks because State Government has not paid the scholarship amount for 2015-16 year and many more would be declared NPA if Government would further delay in the release of scholarship funds" he added.

"If government would not release PMS amount immediately then at the time of admission, colleges might ask for the fees from these students in advance or they would be forced not to admit SC/ST students" Garg said.

PUCA have launched a campaign to meet top leaders of ruling parties as well as opposition parties of Punjab
Mohali 28th February 2016

"To highlight the issues and problems being faced by small colleges in state, Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) have launched a campaign to meet top leaders of ruling parties as well as opposition parties of Punjab in coming days. Afterwards PUCA will also meet ministers of Centre government of India.

Recently PUCA delegation met with the Technical Education Minister of Punjab. Now PUCA would also meet Delhi's Chief Minister and AAP's supremo Arvind Kejriwal on 29th February.

It is pertinent that due to absence of regulatory body for private universities in Punjab, these universities are starting new courses day by day and giving admissions to students in bulk. As a result small colleges in state are at the verge of closure.

PUCA's president Dr. Anshu Kataria says, "Punjab government has promised many times to form regulatory body for private universities in state, till date no such regulatory body has been formed. Moreover Akali- BJP Government has given assurance many times in assembly regarding the formation of Regulatory Body.

Amit Sharma, Senior Vice President; Gurfateh Gill, Vice President; Gurpreet singh, General Secretary; Ashok Garg, Treasurer; Gurkirat Singh and CA Renu Arora both Joint Secretary, Manmohan Garg, Finance Secretary, Anoop Bansal, head social media; Gurinder Jwanda and Cherry Goel, coordinator; Dr. Akashdeep Majha, coordinator; Sanjay Chopra, Doaba Coordinator would also be the part of this delegation.

On the one hand the states like Himachal Pradesh have formed the Regulatory Body and the entire admission procedure, eligibility process, infrastructure; faculty etc is monitored by that regulatory Body. While on the other hand in Punjab, Private Universities are being not monitored by any Regulatory Body.

"If needed, "We'll the knock the doors of Hon'ble High Court to save the Unaided Colleges" Said Kataria.

Punjab Government is delaying the process of formation of regulatory body for private universities
Mohali 21st February 2016

Punjab Government is delaying the process of formation of regulatory body for private universities. Not only this government is not working to put a upper cap on the intake capacity of the Private Universities due to which more than hundreds of the small unaided colleges in Punjab are at the verge of closure. Government should immediately form a regulatory body and should fix a cap on the intake capacity of private universities.

Private Unaided colleges should not be covered under this regulatory body as they are already monitored by centre councils and state universities.

This was said by Mr. Bhagwant Mann, Member Parliament, Sangrur during a meeting with a delegation of office bearers of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA). Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA; Dr. Manmohan Garg, Finance Secretary, ; S. Gurpreet Singh ,General Secretary; Manav Dhawan, Tricity Coordinator; Cherry Goyal, Malwa-I Coordinator; Monty Garg, Malwa-II Coordinator; Ankur Garg, Treasurer etc attended the meeting.

Bhagwant Mann while alleging said that due to the poor policies, the State Government and non intervention into private universities, these universities are admitting students in bulk in technical courses which is further leading to unemployment in the state.

Mann while discussing said that he is not against the private universities but their admission process, administration process, eligibility process, examination process, intake capacity, syllabi, fee structure etc should atleast be checked by some authority as it is being done in case of private colleges.

Mann further said that technical institutions should be meant for quality education and should fill the seats as per their infrastructure, land and resources available to them. He assured PUCA that he will raise voice in parliament regarding the balance payment of SC scholarship of 2014-15 year and full payment of 2015-16 year.

Mann further assured PUCA that he'll raise the issues related to unaided colleges during Arvind Kejriwal's visit and soon will meet Smriti Irani, HRD Minister to bring all the problems in her notice so that immediate action can be taken to save dying education Industry in Punjab.

PUCA recently met with AICTE Chairman, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe in Delhi
Mohali 12th February 2016

To raise the issues of the unaided AICTE approved colleges, a delegation of various state associations including Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) recently met with AICTE Chairman, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe in Delhi. The delegation submitted the memorandum regarding the problems being faced by unaided colleges.

The delegation was led by Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA. Dr. Pardeep Kumar, President, Association of Self Financing private Institutions of Haryana; Sh. Shridhar Singh, Secretary, Rajasthan Engineering society, Jaipur; Mr. Lalit Kumar (Delhi) etc also attended the meeting.

Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA requested AICTE chairman that as AICTE regulates and allots the intake capacity of private colleges, on similar pattern private universities and deemed universities should be brought under the ambit of AICTE.

Dr. Pardeep Kumar said that in many states the state government has not constituted the regulatory body to control the functioning of these universities due to which many of these universities are admitting the students in bulk resulting into closure of small unaided colleges.

Sh. Shridhar Singh said that in many of the states, the State Government is delaying the process of formation of regulatory body due to which the small unaided colleges are being closed down. On the other hands in Himachal Pradesh, Universities have to seek the approval from state regulatory body for starting any course or increasing seats of any course.

Shridhar further said that a scam of fake degrees of Jodhpur National University has come to know wherein the University has awarded 38,000 degrees and marksheets to students out of which 25,003 were found fake. This shows that some universities are working like teaching shops as their admission process, administration process, eligibility process, examination process, fee structure etc is not controlled by any authority while in case of AICTE approved unaided colleges it is all monitored by either AICTE itself or its state affiliated university.

Listening to all the problems being faced by unaided colleges, AICTE Chairman assured to forward the memorandum to Ministry of Human Resource & Development (MHRD).

The Government has failed on all fronts to save the unaided colleges
Mohali 1st February 2016

"The Government has failed on all fronts to save the unaided colleges. After the mushrooming of the Private Universities now the government is talking about the regulatory body and they want to bring unaided colleges under its ambit but the colleges are already regulated by central councils like AICTE etc and state affiliated University like IKG-PTU, Jalandhar; MRS-PTU, Bathinda etc"

This was said by Dr. Anshu Kataria, President of a newly formed association .It is to be mentioned that to highlight the issues and problems being faced by Unaided Colleges, a new association i.e Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) has been formed.

Dr. Anshu Kataria (Aryans Group, Banur) has been elected as the president of newly formed association while Advocate Amit Sharma (ACET, Amritsar) as the senior Vice president, S. Gurfateh Gill (Adesh Group, Gharuan) as Vice President; S. Gurpreet singh (Universal Group, Lalru) as General Secretary; Ashok Garg (SVIET, Banur) as Treasurer, Gurkirat Singh (Gulzar Group, Ludhiana) as Joint Secretary-I, CA Renu Arora (SPCET, Lalru) as Joint Secretary-II.

To highlight the financial problems being faced by the Colleges, CA Dr. Manmohan Garg (Gurukul Vidyapeeth, Banur) was made Finance Secretary and to highlight issues on social media Mr. Anoop Bansal(Arya Bhatta, Barnala) was appointed as Head Social Media.

To strengthen the membership of the association, region wise Coordinators were also appointed. Manav Dhawan (PGC, Lalru) as Tricity Coordinator, Cherry Goyal (Vidyaratan College, Sangrur) as Malwa-I Coordinator, Monty Garg (KCT College, Fatehgarh) as Malwa-II Coordinator, Dr. Akashdeep Singh(Global Instt, Amritsar) as Majha Coordinator and Mr. Sanjeev Chopra (HIMT,Jalandhar) as Doaba Coordinator.

Dr. Anshu Kataria said that Post Matric Scholarship amount for 2014-15 is not fully disbursed and in 2015-16 also the first semester is almost over and a single penny has not been released yet. In Punjab OBC Students has not paid single penny since last many years while Himachal Pradesh., Bihar etc are paying full reimbursement of tuition fees to the OBC students. Because of the nonpayment/delayed payments to the colleges, the colleges are in huge financial crisis.

"We will first approach government with a request and if our problems would not be solved then we will approach opposition parties including Congress and AAP for the help and would also knock the doors of Hon'ble High Court if needed" Kataria added.

Amit Sharma, Senior Vice President, PUCA said, "We have already started district level meetings with all colleges and by 31st March we are targeting to make around 400 unaided colleges as our members including Engineering, Polytechnic, Pharmacy, Hotel Management, Degree, Education etc.

S. Gurfateh Gill, Vice President, PUCA said that this week the association of the unaided colleges comprising of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan is meeting in Delhi to decide on the strategy to raise these issues on the state and central level.

Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) is formed today
Mohali 31st January 2016

To highlight the issues and problems being faced by Unaided Colleges, a new association of unaided colleges i.e. Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) is formed today.

Earlier a meeting of many unaided colleges was held and it was decided to fasten the stir against government for its failure to protect and save dying unaided colleges of Punjab.

Dr. Anshu Kataria (Aryans Group, Banur) has been elected as the president of newly formed association while Advocate Amit Sharma (ACET, Amritsar) as the senior Vice president, S. Gurfateh Gill (Adesh Group, Gharuan) as Vice President; S. Gurpreet singh (Universal Group, Lalru) as General Secretary; Ashok Garg (SVIET, Banur) as Treasurer, Gurkirat Singh (Gulzar Group, Ludhiana) as Joint Secretary-I, CA Renu Arora (SPCET, Lalru) as Joint Secretary-II.

To highlight the financial problems being faced by the Colleges, CA Dr. Manmohan Garg (Gurukul Vidyapeeth, Banur) was made Finance Secretary and to highlight issues on social media Mr. Anoop Bansal(Arya Bhatta, Barnala) was appointed as Head Social Media.

To strengthen the membership of the association, region wise Coordinators were also appointed. Manav Dhawan (PGC, Lalru) as Tricity Coordinator, Cherry Goyal (Vidyaratan College, Sangrur) as Malwa-I Coordinator, Monty Garg (KCT College, Fatehgarh) as Malwa-II Coordinator, Dr. Akashdeep Singh(Global Instt, Amritsar) as Majha Coordinator and Mr. Sanjeev Chopra (HIMT,Jalandhar) as Doaba Coordinator.

Newly appointed president Dr. Anshu Kataria said that the Government has failed on all fronts to save the unaided colleges. After the mushrooming of the Private Universities now the government is talking about the regulatory body and they want to bring unaided colleges under its ambit but the colleges are already regulated by central councils like AICTE etc and state affiliated University like IKG-PTU, Jalandhar; MRS-PTU, Bathinda etc.

Post Matric Scholarship amount for 2014-15 is not fully disbursed and in 2015-16 also the first semester is almost over and a single penny has not been released yet. In Punjab OBC Students has not paid single penny since last many years while Himachal Pradesh., Bihar etc are paying full reimbursement of tuition fees to the OBC students. Beacuse of the nonpayment/delayed payments to the colleges, the colleges are in huge financial crisis.

"We will first approach government with a request and if our problems would not be solved then we will approach opposition parties including Congress and AAP for the help and would also knock the doors of Hon'ble High Court if needed" Kataria added.

Amit Sharma, Senior Vice President, PUCA said, "We have already started district level meetings with all colleges and by 31st March we are targeting to make around 400 unaided colleges as our members including Engineering, Polytechnic, Pharmacy, Hotel Management, Degree, Education etc.

S. Gurfateh Gill, Vice President, PUCA said that this week the association of the unaided colleges comprising of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan is meeting in Delhi to decide on the strategy to raise these issues on the state and central level.

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