A fortnight after the HRD ministry sought a reply from the IITs on the action taken on the letter sent by an RSS affiliated trader and a few others for segregating the vegetarian canteens from the non vegetarian ones, it backtracked on Thursday saying it was a routine matter.
"The representations were forwarded to the institutes in routine manner, without any view having being taken thereon," a ministry official wrote to the IITs.
"I had sent similar letters during the Congress rule but got no reaction. I am happy that at least my plea has been looked into," Madhya Pradesh based grain trader SK Jain told HT.
IIT directors however said that the ministry had never given any directive to them to segregate their messes. "It was a formal note of the letter and there was no directive," RK Shevgaonkar, IIT Delhi director, told HT
RSS leaders meet Irani
Top RSS leaders and a few of its affiliates met HRD minister Smriti Irani on Thursday. "Controversial writer Dina Nath Batra of the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti, who triggered a controversy with his book Tejomay Bharat, was expected to be part of the high level deliberation, but could not attend it since he was unwell.
“Providing affordable education and maintaining quality of education were the central theme of our deliberations,” a source who attended the meeting told HT.
The ABVP had in July submitted a memorandum to Irani demanding a National Education Commission to keep higher education relevant. It had also demanded the education system should be based on Indian thoughts.