UGC GIVES FULL AUTONOMY TO 60 HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
University Grant Commission (UGC) in a historic decision has accorded autonomy to 60 higher education institutions, which have maintained high academic standards.HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar made this announcement in New Delhi on March 20, 2018 . He said of 60 institutions, five are Central Universities, 21 State Universities, 24 deemed, two Private Universities and eight colleges, which have been granted autonomy under the Autonomous Colleges Regulation. The Minister said autonomy was given to these institutions, in line with the vision of PM Shri Narendra Modi towards liberalized regulatory regime.
—(THE INDIAN EXPRESS, March 21, 2018)
CONGRESS PLAYING WITH FIRE, SAYS BJP AS KARNATAKA RECOGNIZES LINGAYAT AS SEPARATE RELIGION
The BJP has criticized the Karnataka govt. for its decision to recommend separate religion status for the state’s powerful and electorally crucial Lingayats in the Congress-ruled state. BJP has accused CM, Siddaramaiah of “playing with fire for vote bank politics”. BJP national general secretary & in-charge of Karnataka Shri P Muralidhar Rao has accused the state’s ruling Congress of practicing a “divide and rule” policy. Earlier, the Siddaramaiah government decided to declare Lingayats as a religious minority and include the Veerashaivas who follow Basavanna as a group within the community. The move had expected to have a huge impact on the assembly polls. The community makes up 17% of the state’s population.
—(THE ECONOMIC TIMES, March 19, 2018)
YOGI ADITYANATH LAUNCHES ANTI-GRAFT PORTAL, ANNOUNCES 4-LAKH JOBS
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched an anti-graft portal as his government completed its first year in office. CM also declared that his government will soon hire four lakh people in various government departments. “Through this portal, any official who is involved in corruption or is encouraging it at any level will not be spared. Effective action will be taken if a video or any other evidence is uploaded on the portal. This will deliver a lethal blow against the corrupt elements,” Shri Adityanath said. UP government will come up with four lakh jobs in as many as 64 departments ranging from police constables to sub-inspectors, block development officers and revenue officials, he said. The CM said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has frequently referred to the alleged anomalies in recruitment by the UP Public Service Commission in the past. The election promise of ending the interview process for group-C and group-D during recruitment, which was encouraging corruption, has been implemented by us,” he said.
—( ECONOMIC TIMES, March 19, 2018 )
GOVT. WORKS ON SOLUTIONS, NOT IN SILOS, SAYS PM
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said on March 16, 2018 that his government had taken bold decisions and removed social imbalances because it enjoyed the support of the people. Shri Modi announced the Centre will spend Rs 1 lakh crore on infrastructure, noting that his government works on providing solutions, and not in silos. “Political adversaries might say what they want but our government is able to take big decisions as they were supported by people,” Shri Modi said.
He said, the government has received tremendous support in its efforts to curb black money and fight corruption. The Prime Minister said, in his opinion, Rising India means rising the confidence of 125 crore people of the country. He said, Rising India evokes the thought of light through the darkness.
—(TIMES OF INDIA, March 16, 2018)
(Compiled by Pankaj Anand)