The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) has been accused of lacking transparency by its vice-chairperson PM Bhargava. When it was set up, one of its basic priorities was to bring transparency into government.
Bhargava is the third member to express dissent. Earlier this year, Bhanu Pratap Mehta and Andre Beteille resigned on the 27 per cent OBC reservation issue.
Unlike Mehta and Beteille, Bhargava's dissent is directed against NKC chairperson Sam Pitroda. "Let's not blame anyone individually. But as its chairman, Sam is clearly responsible for the commission's actions," PTI quoted him as saying. Pitroda was not available for comment.
What has apparently perturbed Bhargava is that the Commission's submitted its recommendations on higher education to the Prime Minister without consulting him. " The newspapers inform me about most of these reports on various issues bring submitted to the PM. I have no knowledge about any reports prepared after January 2006.
I have been left out of the reports on higher education, language, vocational education, libraries, to mention a few."
Pitroda, in a set of recommendations, has suggested wide-ranging changes in higher education. He has called for setting up an independent regulator for all higher education institutions in place of University Grants Commission, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India. He has also suggested that institutions be graded according to the facilities available and that should be the criteria for granting recognition.
Bharagava did not agree with the NKC's and government's view on allowing foreign education providers into India. He feels that foreign institutions should be banned by an Act of Parliament.
Delivering a lecture at Indian Science Congress, the bio-technologist said that collaboration with foreign universities should be restricted to research."
He said that it was 'shame' that the commerce ministry has no qualms in inviting foreign universities to 'exploit' Indians.