resources development minister Arjun Singh said yesterday
that autonomy would be restored at the management schools.
He indicated that a meeting with the directors of the
IIMs could take place as early as next week.
being cautious over his statements about the IIMs, he
said he would like to probe into the "rationale"
behind the fee-cut decision of the previous government.
have already said all institutions of higher learning
must have autonomy. I will have to look into it. The matter
has gone to the court," Singh said, when asked by
reporters about the fee cut decision. Asked about IIM's
desire to hold dialogue with the ministry, he said, "I
am prepared for dialogue with anyone, why only with IIMs."
minister said, "I am not starting with any prejudice.
What has to be done will be done." But what will
be taken up immediately is the issue of saffronisation
hinting at any drastic reversal of the steps the last
incumbent, Murli Manohar Joshi, had taken, Singh hoped
to address the problem gradually. He said he would be
meeting officials from the National Council of Educational
Research and Training on Tuesday.
review committee will be set up to look into the communalisation
of education. Singh said education was a continuously
evolving and expanding field, and it was therefore important
to be flexible in formulating policies for it.
me first see. Give me at least a day's time," he
said, when explaining whether his ministry would take
concrete steps to reverse the communalisation of education
perpetuated by the Joshi ministry.