Mar 22, 2017 12:18 PM IST
India is celebrating BR Ambedkar’s birth centenary this year with fanfare. Yet, the few spaces dedicated to study his vast contribution to making of a modern India continue to feel threatened.
On March 15, the Jawaharlal Nehru University registrar received a letter — No. F-24-1/2017/ (CU) dated March 6 — regarding the closure of the schemes for the study of social exclusion and inclusive policy (CSDE). It stated that the University Grants Commission (UGC) will not provide financial support to the university’s centre for study of social exclusion after the end of the 12th five-year plan and no communication whatsoever would be “entertained or solicited by UGC” on the issue.
But on March 16, after a news report in The Telegraph, the UGC did an about-turn: It said that the notification sent to JNU was “blatantly false” and “based on a forged letter”.
The statement read: “[The] University Grants Commission has established Centres for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy in various universities in the Xth Plan on plan-to-plan basis provided these Centres give a satisfactory progress in the areas of their focus. Keeping in view the same procedure, the UGC would be extending these Centres from 1st April, 2017 onwards”.
Courtesy: Hindustan times