“Jawaharlal Nehru University is a hotbed of politics. According to me, while in college and university, students should not get into politics or involve with any political party,” said Dr G Vishwanathan, Founder and Chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology. Vishwanathan was in Mumbai on Wednesday, where he was talking on ‘The current scenario and the challenges faced by higher education in the country’.
He added, “All students must do in colleges and university is to study and not get involved in politics or with any political party. Even VIT has a student union, but it is not affiliated to any political party. They will have enough time after they complete their education, if they seriously want to pursue or join politics.”
He also indicated that there is no government interference in the JNU incident.
Vishwanathan also said there is no need for quota reservations in institutes and government offices as there are enough vacancies and seats available. He also put forth a case to free colleges from the affiliating system and to grant them more autonomy. Not only this, but Vishwanathan also said he has urged the government to have dialogues with institutes and universities on a regular basis to discuss government policies and norms.
Slamming the way accreditation bodies like NAAC operate, Vishwanathan said, “Instead of government-controlled accreditation body, a transparent and independent accreditation body with professionals on board should be established.” Without divulging much, Vishwanathan hinted at the biased nature of the NAAC. To address the dearth of seats in Medical and Health Science courses, Vishwanathan said the government must give opportunity to more and more private players to start Medical abd Health Science courses. He also said even private colleges doing well must be provided government fundings.