Government should not change policies at IITs frequently: CNR Rao

CNR Rao was speaking at the 47th convocation ceremony of IIT Delhi.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Published:November 7, 2016 2:48 am
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Opposing what is being seen as a move by the government to make IITs and IIMs self-financing institutions, Bharat Ratna awardee scientist C N R Rao on Sunday said the government should provide funding to IITs instead of asking them to “take care of themselves”. He also said that while the government was an “enabling agency”, it should not “run” an institution and provide autonomy to the heads of the institution.

Rao was speaking at the 47th convocation ceremony of IIT Delhi.

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“The government should not forsake IITs; they should never forget this is their prized brand. Unless we support IITs properly, I see no future for Indian science and technology. They should give better funding, so that it is enough to maintain the quality of education,” said Rao.

“They should not say – IIT you take care of yourself. Take care of what? You’ll have to sell all things you have and make money,” he added.

Giving the example of universities in the US, Rao said, “Private doesn’t mean good, public doesn’t mean bad there. Here, we should realise that government has to fund. It is their responsibility to make sure that quality of IITs is maintained.”

Speaking about the autonomy of institutions, Rao said, “Our Director, Chairman. must have much more freedom and autonomy. I don’t think government can run good institutions; government can only be enabling agencies.” He also added that governments shouldn’t keep changing policies, and gave the example of doubling intake saying that the government should “realise the effort required to give the same quality of education if students are doubled, let alone improving the quality of education.”

Giving the example of synthetic biology, in which, he said, IITs were lagging behind, Rao said, “IITs need to transform. The world of science is changing, the world of engineering is changing, the world itself is changing. There are many new areas of science and engineering where IITs have to become experts.

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    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:58 pm
    Very well said, Sir. I hope BJP realises India achieved whatever it achieved so far through mixed economy ( just as USA did from Woodrow Wilson's time with bi-partisan support till Eisenhower ). BJP must continue financial support to premier public insutions like IIT,IIM but with total autonomy so that there is equality of opportunity and they do not become havens of the rich and the upper castes.
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      Ashok Mazumdar
      Nov 7, 2016 at 3:11 am
      No Sir,lt;br/gt;We will work as perlt;br/gt;Golwalkar's Wisdom andlt;br/gt;VHP guidelines.
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        Nov 7, 2016 at 2:50 am
        even with current level of autonomy there is no accountability. These fellows want crores of grant every yea from govt to "enable" them. But they wont even tell the public how they spent each rupee. People who are past a certain age should take retirement and let the new blood flow. Only then change will come. Old rotten fellows only bring stagnation
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          Nov 7, 2016 at 4:19 am
          look whi is talking abput plicies, autonomy, quality, etc.... someone who got his name embroiled in plagiarism and someone who forces his junior colleagues to "acknowledge" his name in every publication unrelated to him.