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When in Punjab, know Punjabi or you will have to learn it. For, Patiala-based Punjabi university, which has over 221 colleges and institutes affiliated to it all over the state, has made Punjabi a compulsory subject in all undergraduate professional courses. This means that students, especially those coming from outside Punjab, pursuing professional courses in the university and its affiliated colleges and institutes, will have to clear Punjabi language papers in order to get degree certificates. Though the university had taken the decision in June, orders were issued last week after the admission process was over.
According to PU deputy registrar Jasbir Kaur Rana, the step has been taken in order to promote Punjabi language. The state government has already made Punjabi a compulsory subject in schools from 1st to 10th classes. However, students from other states, who have already got admitted in the university, are in a state of shock as they have never studied Punjabi and are feeling "cheated." "It's a fraud with students as, at the time of admissions, the university did not stipulate any such condition. Like me, many others have never read Punjabi," said Aman Verma, a student from Delhi, who is pursuing B.Tech from the university.
Earlier, Punjabi was mandatory for B.A, but now, from this session 2012-13, B.Sc, B.Com and other undergraduate students of all professional courses will have to pass Punjabi subject in one semester as qualifying subject if they want to complete their professional degree. Some officers of university, on condition of anonymity, disclosed that senior authorities were well aware that if they announced the decision in June, it could have reduced the number of new admissions in the university. "Since the process of admission in almost all courses is near completion now and university has enrolled students, it has announced the decision without any problem. It's now the problem of students, not of university authorities," said a senior university official.
Courtesy: Times of India
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