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Cut in grant smacks of vendetta

Massive cut in the government?s block grant to the three prestigious technological institutions is likely to jeopardise their financial viability to maintain the high academic standard.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 12:30 IST

Massive cut in the government’s block grant to the three prestigious technological institutions is likely to jeopardise their financial viability to maintain the high academic standard.

The reduction in the grants to the Madhav Institute of Technology and Science (MITS), Gwalior, Samrat Ashok Technology Institute (SATI), Vidisha and Sir Govind Ram Seksaria Institute of Science and Technology (SGSITS), Indore also raises suspicion about the BJP’s claim to keep academia above politics.

All the State Government’s loud thinking on promoting linkage between technical education and industrial growth of Madhya Pradesh would sound hollow, if the inexplicable reduction of block grants to these institutions in the year 2004-2005 are any thing to go by. Shockingly, the State Government’s sanction of block grants to the institutes for the year 2005-2006 is even less than half of what their managements had proposed.

That the BJP Government has resorted to political victimisation of the institutes was evident in the manner it sought to replace Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia with Yashodhara Raje as chairperson of the SATI governing body. 

The Government attempted to supersede the SATI management twice – once when Uma Bharti was CM and second time when Babulal Gaur was at the helm- in the last two years but both the times the MP High Court intervention restored the status quo.

The brazen attempts also exposed the intentions of State’s ministers Yashodhara Raje and Raghavji Bhai (finance minister who hails from Vidisha) to grab the SATI management.