New Delhi: A day after Sukhbir Singh Badal wrote to prime minister Narendra Modi, flagging the concern, union minister of food processing and Badal’s wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal joined the protest against the renaming of Dyal Singh evening college to Vandemataram Mahavidyalaya.
She has now written to Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday, highlighting that changing the name would be a “great injustice to the crusader who sacrificed everything for educating people”.
The college is named after Dyal Singh Majithia, who also established the Punjab National Bank and founded The Tribune newspaper.
On November 17, the governing body had decided to change the name of the evening college to Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya, once it is converted to a regular one. This is because a Dyal Singh (Morning) College already exists. The move to change the name has been sent for approval to Delhi University VC Yogesh Tyagi.
Harsimrat’s party, the Shiromani Akali Dal, is a BJP ally at the Centre. In the letter to Javadekar, she wrote: “It is very unfortunate that the governing body of the college, instead of highlighting his (Dyal Singh’s) achievements, is trying to change the name of Dyal Singh College. It would be a retrograde step to remove the name of such an eminent freedom fighter and social reformer from the college he established.”