Increasingly sensitive to global academic rankings repeatedly showing Indian institutions in rather unflattering light, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry has come up with a bright idea. With top notch institutes like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) also now trailing behind, the government is now toying with the idea of having them compete as a single entity — representing the 15 institutes. Confident that the combined might of the IITs will fetch them high scores, the ministry is strongly advocating the idea which was even taken up at a meeting minister Pallam Raju held with all IIT Directors on Thursday.
Armed with more powers, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha is all set to revive two key wings of the agency. The special unit (SU), which acts as the CBI’s intelligence wing and conducts background probe, will soon get modern equipment and legal interception techniques. The decision follows the recent move by the government to give more financial autonomy to the director, which also includes a kitty of Rs 15 crore. Another key area where Sinha is trying to focus is forensic. The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) will see state-of-the-art infrastructure to crack crimes and support forensic investigations.
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Clearly unfazed by the all-round criticism it has received over the Muzaffarnagar riots and the deficient rehabilitation efforts, the Uttar Pradesh government has not even replied to an offer of help from the Union government. More than a month ago, Minority Affairs Minister K Rehman Khan had written to the CM that the Centre is willing to consider all proposals that the state sends for rehabilitation efforts in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli but there has been no response at all from the state government yet.