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Published On:26 November 2011
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SPECIAL REPORT: Narendra Modi’s Sadbhavna Gift – Saffronised Universities of Gujarat

Even as the survivors of the 2002 anti-Muslim riots, which claimed 2,000 lives, are still waiting for justice, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been boasting that he is doing a lot for the welfare of the Muslims. However, on the contrary despite claiming that minorities were not having access to important welfare schemes of the government, Modi government instead had been “sending back” the central funds for minority students’ scholarship programs.And, as usual Muslims of Gujarat continue to suffer on all fronts, particurlarly educational. Today, most of the Vice Chancellors of universities in Gujarat are BJP men with saffronisation of eduction taking place at a frenetic pace, reports our colleague Abdul Hafiz Lakhani, Bureau Chief (Gujarat) of IndianMuslimObserver.com.

Ahmedabad: Both Governor Dr Kamla and Chief Minister Narendra Modi have just completed the politicisation of universities across Gujarat. On one hand, the Governor is filling up the posts of Vice Chancellors with Congressmen, while on the other Narendra Modi is obviously choosing people with strong BJP leanings.

Even as the survivors of the 2002 anti-Muslim riots, which claimed 2,000 lives, are still waiting for justice, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been boasting that he is doing a lot for the welfare of the Muslims. However, on the contrary despite claiming that minorities were not having access to important welfare schemes of the government, Modi government instead had been “sending back” the central funds for minority students’ scholarship programs.

And, as usual Muslims of Gujarat continue to suffer on all fronts, particurlarly educational. Today, most of the Vice Chancellors of universities in Gujarat are BJP men with saffronisation of eduction taking place at a frenetic pace. The situation in the state looks glimmer.

Both the Governor and Chief Minister are damaging the university education in Gujarat through such brazen political appointments. It is almost as if Gujarat does not have a single reputed academician fit enough to become Vice-Chancellor.

Successive committees and commissions set up to reform higher education in the country have spoken against increasing politicisation of appointments in universities.

As it is, quality of education in Gujarat is very poor. By appointing Vice-Chancellors who lack merit, the government is only playing with the careers of the younger generation.

Here is the list of political appointees as Vice-Chancellors:

Hemaxi Rao, North Gujarat University, Patan – Last year, the Governor shot down Modi's proposal to appoint Mahendra Padalia as VC of North Gujarat University. Instead, she chose Hemaxi Rao, wife of former Congress MLA Chandrakant Vaghela, for the job.

Mahendra Padalia, Saurashtra University, Rajkot – A BJP Rajkot district president, he was named the new Vice-Chancellor of Saurashtra University last week. The government wanted him as V-C of North Gujarat University but did not succeed.

Durlabhaji Korat, Bhavnagar University – The Governor appointed Korat in early October. Korat had earlier contested assembly polls from Palitana on the ticket of Janata Dal (Gujarat) which later merged with the Congress.

Parimal Trivedi, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad – A former BJP ward leader in Bodakdev and convenor of the Ahmedabad district 'intellectual', he is enjoying his second term as V-C. Earlier this year, the government appointed Dr Mukul Shah as pro-VC of Gujarat University. Shah is a former mayor of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

Shashiranjan Yadav, Kutch University, Bhuj – A former convenor of state BJP's media cell, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Kutch University during the tenure of Nawal Kishore Sharma as Gujarat Governor. Yadav used to head a 'cyber cell' which used to campaign extensively for Modi.

Akshay Kumar Agarwal, Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad – He has had strong links with the ABVP. He was in Canada when the government invited him to head GTU. The state government amended regulations to raise the age limit from 65 to 70 years to accommodate Agarwal.

Yogesh Singh, MS University, Vadodara – He was appointed in July. Singh's family has strong connections with the Sangh Parivar. Singh's maternal grandfather Thakur Kewal Singh is an ex-MLA while his maternal uncle Narender Kumar Bhati is district vice-president of BJP in Kurukshetra.

Manoj Soni, Ambedkar University, Ahmedabad – Soni was earlier V-C of MSU. He was hand-picked by Modi after he wrote a paper justifying post-Godhra riots as a Hindu backlash. Modi even lobbied for a second term for Soni at MSU. But following objections by the search committee, he was accommodated in Ambedkar University.

Harish Padh, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar – He is considered to be very close to Modi and Anandiben Patel, besides having strong ties with Sangh Parivar. He is a regular invitee at ideological discussions of the RSS. He got this prize posting last year.

Daxesh Thakar, South Gujarat University, Surat – He was active in the BJP for long. He had been close to education minister Ramanlal Vora, who he used to help actively during elections in Sabarkantha. He was principal of Modasa College when he was picked up as V-C of South Gujarat University.

[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at lakhani63@yahoo.com or on his cell 09228746770]

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