Pb Govt to set up Govt Girls College in Boota Mandi
Jalandhar(Kusum Arora) – In a major achievement for girls, who staged protest, the Department of Higher Education has in principle agreed to set up a Government Girls College in the Scheduled Caste (SC) dominated Boota Mandi locality of Jalandhar West constituency. Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary agreed to the demand of the people, particularly the girls, who sat on protest for over two-months demanding a girl’s college in the name of Dr BR Ambedkar in Boota Mandi.A letter (copy with Daily Post) in this regard was forwarded by Additional Principal Secretary Harjeet Singh to Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, directing to locate land for the purpose of setting up the Government Girls College. In the letter, it was mentioned that on July 26, the Education Minister has directed the Higher Education Department to set up a Government Girls College in Boota Mandi. The girls staged protest under the banner of Sarv Samaj Sangharsh Committee at the local Ambedkar Chowk for two months ie from June onwards. The committee members had approachedJalandhar West MLA Sushil Kumar Rinku and local MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary.Pushottam Lal, who was associated with this protest said, “It is an achievement of the girls. They held peaceful protests, demanding Government College, which was a long pending demand of residents of Boota Mandi. Now, the work on locating and earmarking land for establishing the college would begin.” MLA Jalandhar West Sushil Kumar Rinku said that the work to approve land for setting up Government Girls College would begin soon. “We have got around 8 acres land on Jalandhar-Nakodar road, where the college could be set up. The land belongs to Mandi Board where some shopkeepers have also constructed shops”, he said.The MLA also shared that he took up the demand of the girls with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh after which Education Minister gave the final approval. He said that the setting up of a Government Girls College would be a big boost to the girls, where not just dalit students but others would get quality education. It is pertinent to mention here that Jalandhar West is the only urban reserve assembly constituency in Jalandhar, where around 90 population is dalit, mainly Ravidassia community.The Sarv Samaj Sangharsh Committee shared that the then Chief Minister Beant Singh had promised to construct a college in Boota Mandi in the year 1992. Later, they approached ex- CM Parkash Singh Badal, who assured to construct the college in the year 1999 but the project was left midway. Similarly, ex-Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had also visited Boota Mandi in 2008 and promised to take up the issue however it could materialize.
For more news updates Follow and Like us on Facebook