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?Universities being vitiated?

india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 20:44 IST

GOVERNOR Balram Jakhar on Thursday said that valueless politics has vitiated the atmosphere in universities and the teacher-student relation was passing through its worst phase.

Inaugurating a conference of West Zone vice-chancellors here at the Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Jakhar said the death of H S Sabharwal in Ujjain was a blot on the State.

“I want to create a new atmosphere for the growth of the universities,” he said adding, “I do not believe in partisan politics in the country and want to work in accordance with the law.”

Jakhar said politics in the country has taken an ugly turn and political parties have stooped very low. The scenario was disheartening, he said adding, “How will we build a great nation in this atmosphere?”

Referring to complaints about irregularities in institutions of higher education, he said reports of irregularities in B Ed and dental colleges have come to him and the names of the V-Cs have been dragged into it in many cases. “I will deal with corruption firmly,” Jakhar said.

Jakhar exhorted the V-Cs to improve the standard of higher education and establish centres of excellence in the universities. Jakhar said many institutes were alleged to be fleecing the students with exorbitant fees, and if this were not curbed, rural youths would not be able to afford higher education.