HRD Ministry cautions UGC chief for speaking against higher education government scheme: The HRD Ministry has pulled up for speaking against a higher education scheme before a Parliamentary panel lately UGC chairman Ved Prakash and requested him to take prior permission to express views which are contrary to the policies of the government. In a powerful letter, the ministry warned him for not following the set convention in such meetings, sources said. The letter said the officials current should happen to be seen as a cohesive group, supporting the programmes of the authorities, and much less a unit that was disjointed.
Prakash had claimed before a Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting on May 26 the Ministry-piloted Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) programme was performing exactly the same job of financing state institutes for upgrade like UGC and thus was undermining the latter’s part. He had also contended that because most of funds is currently going to RUSA, the endeavour to push for innovation and research of UGC might be hampered.
His views failed to go down nicely with all the Ministry. While the sources said, the UGC chairman’s use of specific words during his presentation was likewise considered unacceptable from the Ministry. Pointing in such assemblies to the set of custom, the letter requested him to be cautious about these matters for future interactions with the Parliamentary bodies.
Officials said Prakash and the Ministry had visited after to clear his stand on the demonstrations made by him. The ministry officials, briefed hRD Minister Smriti Irani, who was through the standing committee meeting shortly after her return.
The education ministry’s stand is bound to narrow limits of a political ideology,” he said in the AICC briefing. Instruction ought to be left to educationists, he included.