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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chaddha Committee proposals approved: Arjun Singh

The Union HRD minister Arjun Singh informed that the Chaddha Committee recommendations for varsity teachers have been approved by the cabinet. A Bill has been placed for making primary education a Fundamental Right.

CJ: Arindam Roy, 16 Dec 2008 Views:880 Comments:0

THE CABINET has ratified and implemented the recommendations of the Chaddha Committee in a recent meeting. The university teachers, who were on an agitation mode, would be more than satisfied, as practically the entire report has been approved. Though it has taken 14 months, the varsity teachers would be satisfied, informed the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister, Arjun Singh.

He was talking to the media, during a press meet, at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A), on Tuesday (December 16) afternoon. The minister was here to participate in the Science Conclave 2008.

He agreed that there is an imbalance between education and infrastructure of resources. This needs to be rectified soon.

In reply to a political question, Singh said that the after thinking deep and searching for answers regarding the defeat of Congress in Madhya Pradesh, it can be said that the parameters of the people have changed. What is important to us is of no consequence to the electorate and vice-versa. The Bhartiya Janta Party’s (BJP) victory was due to the positive votes, he candidly accepted.

Regarding possible tie-ups with regional parties, in various states, ahead of the forthcoming general elections, the minister said that a felt-need has to be there both on the part of the regional parties and the Congress. It would depend on ‘paristhiti’ (condition).

Singh added that though a Bill for making primary education a Fundamental Right has placed in the Parliament on Monday (Dec 15), it may not become a law in this session, as general elections are round the corner.

He stated that two new Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) are being set up at Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Mandi (Himachal Pradesh). Regarding the upgradation of Beneras Hindu University Information Technology (BHU-IT) to the level IIT, Singh informed that the outlay has been provisioned in the 11th Five Year plan.

Rupees 40 to 50 thousand crores would be spent for higher education in the country, this includes IITs, National Institute of Technologies (NITs), universities, etc, in the 11th Five Year Plan.

In reply to a query about starting courses on cyber crime in the universities, in the light of escalation of terrorist attacks, Singh said that a two-year course postgraduate course is there in IIIT-A.


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