Four MPs cutting across party lines Monday expressed “grave concern on the systematic destruction of higher education” and urged President Pranab Mukherjee to take steps to prevent “lasting damage” to “great institutions” like the IITs and other universities.
In what appears to be an attack on the Smriti Irani-led HRD Ministry, Rajya Sabha MPs Rajeev Shukla of Congress, D P Tripathi of NCP, D Raja of CPI and K C Tyagi of JD(U) have said: “The autonomy and self-regulatory mechanisms of institutions of higher education are being systematically eroded and damaged.”
The statement made apparent references to IIT-Delhi Director R Shevgaonkar, DU V-C Dinesh Singh and scientist Anil Kakodkar and the “high-handed manner” in which they were “subjected to harassment”.
It further said: “The list is large.. and needless to count various instances of RSS interference in matters of education.
We call upon the President to exercise his wisdom to prevent lasting damage to some great institutions.”