Jio Institute : A farce in 3 acts

A Statesman Report
NEW DELHI  August 1, 2018 :
There are two ways in which Governments can be made to bend to individual will. The first is to persuade those in power to flout policy to favour a person or an institution. This route can open governments to criticism because the deviation is easily established.

The other is to get Government to write policy that fits the needs of a beneficiary. The Institution of Eminence scheme formulated by the Government last year appears to be an example of the latter, tailored as the Gazette notification of 29 August 2017 was to favour the proposed Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation run by Mukesh and Nita Ambani. But the devil is in the details.

To begin with, the Gazette notification entitled UGC (Institutions of Excellence Deemed to be Universities), Regulations 2017, lists the following parameters that the Committee of Experts constituted to identify Institutions of Eminence should seek in an applicant:

It should preferably be multi-disciplinary or interdisciplinary and have both teaching and research focus of an exceptionally high quality.

It should offer interdisciplinary courses, including in areas of emerging technology and interest as well as those of relevance to the development concerns of countries like India and also award degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions in such interdisciplinary areas. Click for full report


7 judge SC bench to decide AMU issue

NEW DELHI : On February 12 a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi decided to review the famous Azeez Basha case that had firmly held that the Aligarh Muslim University was not a minority institution. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Sanjiv Khanna referred the matter to the larger bench of seven judges on the request of Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal and senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan who pleaded on behalf of the AMU. In Azeez Basha vs Union of India case a five-judge bench had, in 1968, ruled that AMU was neither established nor was being maintained by the Muslim minorities hence could not be given the status of a minority institution. A review of a five judge bench, therefore, required a larger bench. more


Javadekar U-turn, says Jio not given Eminence tag
NEW DELHI : On July 26 HRD minister Prakash Javadekar played backfoot in Rajya Sabha on the Jio issue and categorically said that "Jio Institute has not been declared an 'Institution of Eminence'." more

Govt tables Bill in Lok Sabha to replace MCI ordinance
NEW DELHI : On December 14 the government introduced a Bill in Lok Sabha to replace an Ordinance to supersede the existing Medical Council of India and vest its powers in a board of governors. more

GNDU Amritsar and Osmania University get Rs 107 each   
NEW DELHI : The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has released a grant of Rs 107 crore each to Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) Amritsar and Osmania University, Hyderabad.

No takers for ESIC quota medical seats in Uttar Pradesh
KANPUR : There are hardly any takers for medical seats reserved by the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) in the medical colleges of the country due to lack of information about the facility. more


Courts CANNOT examine answer sheets, says SC

SC refuses to interfere in CLAT 2018 counselling

re-recognition of distance edu courses opposed



Historian Mushirul Hasan passes away

NEW DELHI : Mushirul Hasan, historian, who has extensively written on India's partition, died on December 10.
He was 71. An alumnus of AMU and the University of Cambridge, Hasan was the Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia.


Satheesh Reddy takes DRDO charge

HYDERABAD : On August 27 Dr G. Satheesh Reddy formally took over as the 13th Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) here. His appointment was okayed by the ACC on August 24. more

Dr G Satheesh Reddy


Plagiarism : UGC for action against Pathak

Dr Vinay Pathak

NEW DELHI : The HRD Minister of State Satya Pal Singh told Rajya Sabha on August 2 that a case of plagiarism has come to notice of the UGC against Dr Vinay Kumar Pathak, Vice-Chancellor Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow. more


BHU's Raj Kumar is Panjab varsity VC

Prof Raj Kumar

CHANDIGARH : On July 21 Panjab varsity Chancellor Venkaiah Naidu, appointed Prof Raj Kumar, Dean and Head, Institute of Management Studies, BHU, as the new Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University. more


Jio choice : MHRD says expert panel did it

NEW DELHI : Facing mounting criticism HRD Secretary R. Subrahmanyam on July 10 took refuse behind former Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami and others who, he said, had chosen the institution for Institute of Eminence status. In his clarification the Ministry of Human Resource Development said that the names of the six institutions were recommended by an eminent panel and that  there was need to trust their judgment. more

Furqan Qamar

 Best viewed in 1024*768 pixel resolution  |   Disclaimer   |