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Minister?s absence irks Jakhar

GOVERNOR AND Chancellor Dr Balram Jakhar today expressed deep annoyance over the absence of Minister of State for Higher Education Tukojirao Pawar at the first convention of the newly constituted Association of MP Universities (AMPU) on Saturday. The Governor went to the extent of saying the Minister?s absence was a clear insult to all concerned with the convention and its objectives.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 12:48 IST

GOVERNOR AND Chancellor Dr Balram Jakhar today expressed deep annoyance over the absence of Minister of State for Higher Education Tukojirao Pawar at the first convention of the newly constituted Association of MP Universities (AMPU) on Saturday. The Governor went to the extent of saying the Minister’s absence was a clear insult to all concerned with the convention and its objectives.

The convention was held at the Gyan Vigyan Bhavan of the Barkatullah University and was attended by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vice-Chancellors of all 13 universities of the State. However, Pawar and Medical Education Minister Ajay Vishnoi both of whom were to be special guests were absent.

The Governor who has been instrumental in the constitution of the association that aims at coordination between various universities in the State for the general upgrading of quality of higher education, categorically said the Minister was clearly neglecting such an important happening related to his department.

“He should have been here. We are trying to make his work easier, but he does not seem to appreciate that,’’ the Governor said. He also asked the Chief Minister to look into this matter.

Later, talking to a section of media, the Chief Minister said he had noted the Governor’s point and would take appropriate steps.

Earlier, the Governor also expressed regret over the delay in commencement of the programme. He said he did not like to waste time, as it was precious and irrevocable. The Governor in fact had to alter his programme for the Chief Minister who got delayed in earlier engagements.

The Governor during his speech in the inaugural session said nothing could be more important than working for the development of the country through upgrading of education that prepares the future generation to take up various challenges. He said he wants no powers regarding higher education; he just wants to make maximum contribution to ensure the State shines through in the field of higher education.

Reiterating the fact that politics should play no role in college campuses, he urged the Chief Minister to ensure that maximum budgetary provisions is made for higher education sector and all other help is given to educational institutions.

He said political affiliations do not matter in this issue and he would himself talk to the Union Government to seek maximum assistance from that quarter. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said education should be such which provides entirety to a human being. He said education had three roles – to provide knowledge, to provide
skill and competence towards livelihood and to imbibe good citizenship values among people.

He appreciated the efforts of coordination between universities by the way of the AMPU and assured that within its financial bindings the State Government would try to take maximum possible steps to see the recommendations of the convention were implemented in the best possible way.

The welcome address was delivered by BU Vice-Chancellor Prof R S Sirohi who talked about general problems universities in the State faced.