"The UGC has also asked Panjab University to submit an action plan to enhance the revenue generation through internal resources. The varsity was earlier directed to not create any new academic or non-academic post or fill up any existing post without concurrence of the Centre. However, there has no been no committal response from the PU," the source said.
Panjab University is facing an unprecedented fund crunch with its faculty members moving court against delayed disbursal of salaries last month.
The university's vice chancellor Arun Kumar Grover confirmed receiving a communication from the UGC seeking response on the issues pointed out by it in the revenue plan.
"We will file a point-wise reply to the issues pointed out by the UGC," he said.
Earlier this month, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had noted that the UGC follows different yardsticks to release funds to Panjab University than it does for other varsities.
"For the Centre, Punjab, UT (Chandigarh) are not part of it. Be it airport (Chandigarh airport issue), colleges (affiliation-related issues) or now PU, they have different yardsticks for them and different for others," the HC bench had observed.
"Let it be closed as centre of learning. The students could be shifted to Punjabi University (Patiala) and GNDU(Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar). UGC may convert it into a resort," the bench had said.
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