Jio Institute : A farce in 3 acts

A Statesman Report
NEW DELHI  August 1, 2018 :
There are two ways in which Governments can be made to bend to individual will. The first is to persuade those in power to flout policy to favour a person or an institution. This route can open governments to criticism because the deviation is easily established.

The other is to get Government to write policy that fits the needs of a beneficiary. The Institution of Eminence scheme formulated by the Government last year appears to be an example of the latter, tailored as the Gazette notification of 29 August 2017 was to favour the proposed Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation run by Mukesh and Nita Ambani. But the devil is in the details.

To begin with, the Gazette notification entitled UGC (Institutions of Excellence Deemed to be Universities), Regulations 2017, lists the following parameters that the Committee of Experts constituted to identify Institutions of Eminence should seek in an applicant:

It should preferably be multi-disciplinary or interdisciplinary and have both teaching and research focus of an exceptionally high quality.

It should offer interdisciplinary courses, including in areas of emerging technology and interest as well as those of relevance to the development concerns of countries like India and also award degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions in such interdisciplinary areas. Click for full report

 

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Babul Supriyo, the Union Minister for State being taken to Calcutta Raj Bhawan by the Governor-Chancellor Mr Jagdeep Dhankar on September 19. The minister was rescued by the Chancellor from Jadavpur University after ultra Left students turned violent.

NEW DELHI : September 19 will go down in the history of Jadavpur University, Calcutta as a black day following an unfortunate and ugly situation that was created by a violent clash between the goons of the ultra Left, who are finding their domination on the university campus receding, and the belligerent ABVP bullies who are out to capture university's students politics. In the melee Babul Supriyo the Union Minister of state for Environment, Forest and Climate Change got roughed up, the university Chancellor got gheraoed and the poor Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das and his PVC Pradip Ghosh had to be hospitalised for sudden hypertension. The state government, shifted the blame on the Chancellor saying he shouldn't have gone to the campus in such a situation without state government's approval. more

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