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Granting ’eminence’ tag to Jio Institute brazen cronyism: CPI-M



New Delhi, July 10: The CPI-M on Tuesday slammed the Centre’s decision to include the non-existant Jio Institute in the category of ‘Institutes of Eminence, and called it “brazen cronyism”.

“The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India-Marxist strongly opposes the move by the Narendra Modi government to accord ‘Institution of Eminence’ status to the Reliance Foundation’s Jio Institute.

“We condemn this move of the government which cannot be construed as anything but brazen cronyism,” the party said in a statement.

It said for an institution to stand the test of time and evolve into a truly ‘world class’ institution of higher learning and research is a challenging process.

“It takes great perseverance and creativity to earn that tag of eminence. It is bewildering that the Jio Institute, which is non-existent and notional, has been given that status solely on a ‘drawing board’ projection,” it added.

Some time back, the government had announced that 20 institutions, 10 each from the public and private sectors, would be selected as institutions of eminence.

A Committee headed by former Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami was tasked to identify these institutions.

The government released a list of six ‘Institutions of Eminence’ on Monday which included IIT-Delhi, IISc-Bangalore, IIT-Bombay, BITS Pilani and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, besides Jio Institute.

“The entire exercise and the considerations by the Gopalaswami Committee have remained largely outside the public domain.

“The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has now come out with an announcement that the total number will be reduced from 20 to just six and one of the chosen three private institutions is Reliance Foundation’s Jio Institute,” the statement said.

The Left party stressed that the decision would have a “debilitating effect” on the entire sphere of higher education “underlining the obsession of the government to promote privatisation and undermining public-funded higher education”.

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac also on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Centre’s Jio institute move.

Issac wrote in his Facebook that the only comparison he can make with Modi is that of King Farouk I of Egypt who suffered from nightmares in which he was chased by an angry lion and haggard from loss of sleep, he went to the zoo and shot two lions in their cage.

“It’s only because it’s Ambani that Modi gave this on a platter and he gave it to an institute where not even the foundation has been laid.

“Even if Ambani desires for the moon, it will be brought to his residence in Mumbai by the Centre,” said Issac.

Issac pointed out that the “Institution of Eminence” has even excluded an institution like the Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi.

By this surprising move, Modi has replaced the legendary Delhi Sultan Muhammad Bin Tuglak and shamed India, said Issac.

The Indian Institutes of Technology at Delhi and Bombay, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, the Birla Institute of Technology at Pilani, Rajasthan, which was set up in 1964, and the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, which began with Kasturba Medical College in 1953 are those in the list.



Elections are about welfare of Madhya Pradesh People: PM Modi



Shahdol, Nov 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that these elections are not about who would win or who won’t win, they are about the welfare of Madhya Pradesh people. 

“Pai-pai ka hisaab dena chahiye ki nahi dena chahiye? Ek hi parivaar ki chaar peediyon ne desh ko kya diya? Ek chaiwale ne chaar saal mein kya diya…Aao ho jaaye muqabala”, the Prime Ministewr said while ddressing a public meeting in Shahdol.

Earlier in a day, the Prime Minister had challenged the Congress to appoint someone from outside the Nehru-Gandhi family as party President for five years. He would then accept that Nehru had built a democracy legacy.

The Prime Minister’s attack came after Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s remarks while re-launching his book “Nehru: The Invention of India” on November 13 that a chaiwala became the Prime Minister because of Nehru’s policies and institution-building that provided for a democratic framework.

Modi said it will be good for the country if a person outside from the Nehru family became President of the Congress.

“I know it will be good when the country gets out of dynasty politics. But, they are not ready to give credit for this to the 1.25 crore people of this country that a chaiwala became the Prime Minister. They do not want to give credit to BJP and Modi. This is the result of their undemocratic thinking. For this too, they want to give its credit to Nehru,” he added.

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PM Modi snatched money of poor and gave it to few rich: Rahul Gandhi



Deori, Nov 16: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation, calling it the “biggest scam” of the country and targeted the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh over corruption and unemployment.

Addressing an election rally in Sagar district, the Congress Chief said during the note ban, Modi made hundreds of thousands of labourers, women and small businessmen stand in serpentine queues outside banks.

“Did you see any black money hoarders like Nirav Modi or Mehul Choksi queuing up?” asked Gandhi. “Through the note ban, Modi snatched the hard earned money of the poor and put them in his cronies’ pockets.

“In the last two years, unemployment has doubled and suicide rate among the youth has increased by 2,000 per cent.

Taking a jibe at Centre, Gandhi stated: “China creates 50,000 jobs per day, whereas, despite ‘Start Up India’ and ‘Make in India’ schemes, the Indian government creates only 450 jobs in a day”.

The Congress leader did not spare Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister either.

“Entire Madhya Pradesh knows the role of Shivraj Chouhan and his family in the Vyapam scam,” and added that over 100,000 government posts in the state were lying vacant while schools and hospitals were privatized and making them inaccessible to the poor.


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BJP is history changer, name changer, note changer but not game changer: Mamata Banerjee



Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Nov 16: In a blistering attack, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party is a history changer, name changer, note changer, institution changer but not a game changer.

“BJP is history changer, name changer, note changer,institution changer but not game changer. The country is in danger.They (BJP) project as if they have given birth to the nation but they were nowhere during independence” Banerjee told the gathering.


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