The official website of Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies threw a shocker when it claimed that Dr J S Rajput was appointed director of NCERT by then HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi “to implement the Sangh Parivar’s communal agenda in the area of school education.’’
The website was fixed late on Thursday evening when authorities identified what they termed a “mischief”.
The brief profile of Dr Rajput, who is one of the nominated members of the general council of the university, described the former HRD minister as his “ideological guru and benefactor.’’
Calling Dr Joshi his teacher, the profile went on to say that “Dr Rajput served his teacher most faithfully and obediently, and much beyond the call of duty.’’
When reached for his comments, Rajput told The Indian Express that he had not sent his biodata to the university. “They invited me for a meeting but I could not attend it because I had some other engagement,’’ he said and dismissed the allegation that he was appointed by Dr Joshi saying “the appointment is made by a committee, not an individual.’’
The former NCERT director had been accused of rewriting history books during the NDA regime.
University registrar Rajesh Gupta said the website is not operated by the university. “Someone did a mischief. We checked our official records which show a proper profile. Then, I ordered to remove the earlier version and replace it with the official version.’’