New Delhi, July 17, 2017: The Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry has opposed the proposal of merging its councils of historical and philosophical research with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) suggested by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) along with the NITI Aayog.
At a meeting held recently, the HRD ministry led by Prakash Javadekar decided to communicate its reservations after failing to be convinced about the benefits of the merger.
According to sources, the ministry believes that directives of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) is different to ICSSR and their merger might dilute the specific purpose for which each of the autonomous organisations was originally established.
On the same ground, the ministry is also opposed to the NITI Aayog’s alternative suggestion to merge the ICHR and ICPR with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
The ICHR was set up in 1972 with the objective of promoting and coordinating research in history and also “to give a national direction to an objective and scientific writing of history and to have rational presentation and interpretation of history”.
On June 14, the merger of ICHR and ICPR with ICSSR was suggested by the PMO and NITI Aayog as a part of the review of the 114 autonomous bodies under seven ministries or departments.