Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Response to Arjun Singh's statement
For anothe short response please see: http://iiser.blogspot.com/2006/01/letter-to-editor-of-hindustan-times.html
My response to Hon'bl e minister Arjun Singh's response as reported in the previous two article:
First: He himself said in the Loksabha the following:
The Chairman, UGC thereafter informed the Government vide his letter dated November 26, 2003 that the UGC would like to facilitate setting up these institutions as fully autonomous institutions under the universities in which these institutions are to be established. Even this proposal was never agreed to by the Government.
And after November 26, 2003 the DPR says that the UGC gave its in-principle approval to this proposal on April 9, 2004.
Thus the Honorable minister’s statement in the Lok Sabha is misleading. It is unfortunate that the Honorable minister does not consider an announcement by the earlier HRD minister and by the President of India about establishment of an NIS in Bhubaneswar, and an in-principle approval of UGC on April 9, 2004, a decision of the central government. Moreover, if the NDA government had not decided to set up the institutes, why would they have produced a detailed project report dated May 2004, around the time when their term ended and the UPA government took over.
Finally, even if the UGC could not legally establish the proposed NISs, they could have been established under a different parameter, the same one used for the IISERs, which happen to be almost same as the NISs in terms of their aims.
During establishment of institutes of the scale of an NIS or an IISER legal opinions of various kinds are often sought and appropriate changes are made. If one follows the time line, the legal opinion regarding the inappropriateness of using Sections 12 (ccc) or under 12 (j) of the UGC Act was given in October 28, 2003. The Chairman, UGC informed the Government vide his letter dated November 26, 2003 that the UGC would like to facilitate setting up these institutions as fully autonomous institutions under the universities in which these institutions are to be established. In December 2003 the HRD minister and the President announced the setting up of NISs. In May 2004, a DPR about the NISs without any mention of the Sections 12 (ccc) or 12 (j) of the UGC Act and with complete details about the institute was published. This DPR mentions that on April 9 2004, the UGC gave its in principle approval to the NIS proposal.
Thus it is clear that:
The explanation given by the Hon’ble minister misleading.