The Lok Sabha passed a bill on Wednesday which provides for declaring 15 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT), established through public-private partnership, as institutions of national importance. The move will empower these institutions to grant degrees to students.
The idea behind the legis lation Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017 is to develop new knowledge in information technology and to provide manpower of global standards for the IT industry.
It specifies the nature of partnership between industrial partners, state and cen tral governments.
Though the bill was passed unanimously , members raised several concerns including the need to increase placements, availability of faculty, brain drain and high fees in such institutions and asked the government to take care of these issues and make efforts to enhance employability of students through relevant training with the help of industry .
“Education is not an issue for party politics. It is an issue of national policy . We will take care of the suggestions of members,“ Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said while replying during the debate on the bill.
The bill will now go to Rajya Sabha for approval.
`East, NE should have different time zone'
The need for two time zones in India was raised in Lok Sabha on Wednesday with BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab pointing out that the actual time difference between western and eastern extremities was nearly two hours. The government responded with parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar saying he would bring the suggestion to the notice of the department concerned. “He has raised a very important and sensitive matter. The government is pro-actively considering the issue,“ Kumar said. Mahtab said more realistic time zones could improve efficiency in government offices.“Sun rises at 4 am in Arunachal Pradesh while offices open at 10 am.He said some 2.7 billion units of electricity could be saved if there were two time zones. The government's response was slightly guarded as it needed to weigh whether a separate time zone could increase a sense of alienation, said sources. TNN
`Not imposing any language on anyone'
The government on Wednes day assured Parliament that it was not trying impose any language “on anybody“ in the country as it respected all Indian languagues. Responding to the issue raised by CPI's D Raja in the Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government's policy is to promote all Indian languages.
“We respect all Indian languages and our effort will be to further the cause of all Indian languages.
And we are not going to impose any language on anybody,“ he said. Raja had said there were reports regarding transfer of the functions of Central Institute for Classical Tamil, Chennai to Thiru varur Central University. AGENCIES