Sunday, May 11, 2008

Did Union Human Resource Development minister steal the proposal by Orissa state government?

The idea for a central tribal university was suggested by Orissa CM, on 24th October 2005:

Union HRD minister, Mr Arjun Singh appreciated the rationale of having a Central University in the KBK region and sought a formal proposal in this regard from the State Government.

Later on Mr Arjun Singh liked the idea of Multi-campus tribal university in KBK idea so much that UGC created a committee headed by respected educationalist D. Swaminadhan and recommended the establishment of a tribal central university in the home state of Mr Arjun Singh.

This first appeared in Hindu on 19th November 2006, after one year of Orissa CM's proposal.

The Orissa government did submit a detailed proposal of a multi-campus Central Tribal University for the KBK regions; but after seemingly stealing the idea Arjun Singh has paid no attention to this demand.

Acknowledgement: Thanks to Prof Chitta Baral, Arizona State University for the documents.

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