Amritsar: As per media reports, the governing council of the Khalsa College opposed government’s proposal to nominate Khalsa College for inclusion on the World Heritage Site list.
The opposition came on a day when a UNSECO representative Meo Chiba visited the Khalsa College campus.
The preservation of the building of Khalsa College was cited as one of the main grounds on which the government recently approved the proposal to scrap the Khalsa University Act, reads a note in Hindustan Times.
“ Khalsa College has not applied for any heritage tag and neither this tag would suit us. Once the college building gets the heritage status, it will come on the tourist circuit, and tourists coming to the college would hamper the academic atmosphere,” said principal JS Dhillon.
KCGC spokesperson Dharmendra Rataul said no status can be imposed on the building without the consent of the management. “We have a right to deny any tag given to the college building. The move is just another arm-twisting tactic by the government to build pressure on us,” said Rataul.
The UNSECO representative, who was accompanied by local Congress MLA OP Soni and members of the Punjab tourism ministry headed by Navjot singh Sidhu, also met Dhillon.
Meo Chiba said she is here on the invitation of Sidhu. “One has to apply through a proper government channel to get a heritage tag for a monument/building. First, an official submission is made by the Government of India and then a group of international experts does the scrutiny. My task is to visit the place and then explain to the minister the procedure and steps required,” she added.