Sunday, November 27, 2005
Pioneer News Service/ Bhubaneswar
The Centre has filed an affidavit before the Orissa High Court on shifting of the National Institute of Science (NIS) from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata.
On behalf of the Central Government, under secretary to the Human Resources Development Ministry Prem Kumar on Friday filed the affidavit in the High Court, stating that the Union Government had never pledged to set up the NIS in Bhubaneswar.
The Orissa Government has reacted sharply to the Centre's move. The State Government officials said it was a blatant lie on the part of the HRD Ministry. The NDA Government had promised to set up the institute in the Bhubaneswar and requested the State Government to provide land for the purpose, the officials pointed out, adding that the State had already allotted 75 acres of land in Bhubaneswar.
1. The press release of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Science & Technology at
The meeting was also informed of the steps initiated to improve the quality of teaching and research. It was informed that at post-graduate level a credit-based, modular approach is being introduced. UGC has recently upgraded monetary support at individual, group and department levels and has opened for colleges such incentive schemes as were earlier confined to universities. While five universities were identified this year, with potential for excellence, viz. Chennai, Hyderabad, Jadhavpur, Pune and Jawaharlal Nehru Open University, five more universities will be identified next year to promote excellence among universities especially in matters of research. Four national-level institutes are also being established at Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Pune and Allahabad.
2. Similarly the following UGC document from the UGC site
Dr. Joshi also informed the members about the steps initiated by the UGC for improving the relevance and quality of teaching and research, such as introduction of utility-oriented programmes along with the traditional degree; identifying the universities with potential for excellence; to establish four National Institutes of Sciences at Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Pune and Allahabad; monitoring the universities using parameters for academic performance, research performance and governance and providing incentives to universities and colleges scoring high on these parameters.
3. When we extract the relevant sentence from (1) above we have:
Four national-level institutes are also being established at Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Pune and Allahabad.
4. When we extract the relevant phrase from (2) above we have:
Dr. Joshi also informed the members about
the steps initiated by the UGC to establish four National Institutes of Sciences at Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Pune and Allahabad.
To me this sounds more than a pledge.