HRD Min­istry Silent, Cau­tious on DU Row

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Our Bureau

New Delhi: While min­is­ters of the Modi gov­ern­ment stepped right into the cen­tre of the de­bate rag­ing on the Delhi Univer­sity cam­pus over the right to dis­sent, the Prakash Javadekar-led HRD min­istry is keep­ing a cau­tious si­lence on the sub­ject.

While the min­istry has sought a re­port on the is­sue from DU as Javadekar re­cently stated, the min­istry has re­frained from mak­ing any strong state­ments on the con­tro­versy and is leav­ing it to DU to ad­dress it.

The DU Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil is ex­pected to meet on Tues­day and the cam­pus un­rest is learnt to be on the agenda.

The min­istry’s stance also marks a sig­nif­i­cant change in the way the HRD min­istry has been deal­ing with cam­pus con­tro­ver­sies – while for­mer HRD min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani’s state­ments be­came quite cen­tral to the in­ci­dents at Hy­der­abad Cen­tral Univer­sity af­ter stu­dent Ro­hith Vem­ula’s

sui­cide, the Javadekar dis­pen­sa­tion has cho­sen to watch from the side­lines in­stead and keep a low pro­file. The min­istry’s role also be­came quite de­bat­able through the cam­pus un­rest at JNU over stu­dent ac­tivist Kan­haiya Ku­mar’s speech.

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