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Last Updated : Jan 28, 2019 09:49 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Top universities could be denied institute of eminence tag for being anti-government: Report

The IB in a note to the HRD Ministry in December 2018, pointed out that officials associated with certain universities have been critical of the Narendra Modi government.

In a new development top private universities of the country are reportedly not getting the tag of institute of eminence (IoE) based on a note sent by Intelligence Bureau (IB) to the HRD Ministry.

As reported by The Print, the IB sent a note to the HRD Ministry in December 2018, pointing out that officials associated with certain universities have been critical of the Narendra Modi government.

Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.

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As per the report, the IB note described the vice-chancellor of Ashoka University, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, as an unrelenting critic of the government. The university's chairman, board of trustees, and founder Ashish Dhawan, it added, "also fund anti-government propaganda sites like the Wire.in."

The list of institutions include Ashoka University, KREA and Azim Premji University.

The board at KREA University, which is yet to begin operations, includes former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, who has been "critical of the government," the IB note said.

It added that Azim Premji University, in a study had highlighted the growing fund crunch in the MGNREGA scheme and the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives Limited has been funding The Wire through a public charitable trust.

The three universities are among nine private institutions which the IB claimed have been critical of the government. The nine are among 12 private and seven public institutes that have made it to the second list of institutions picked for the IoE tag.

They were shortlisted last month following the recommendations of the EEC, which is headed by former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami.

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First Published on Jan 28, 2019 05:38 pm
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