National Desk: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that the Ministry of Education immediately withdraw the revised guidelines under which state government-aided universities should be held for holding global conferences. First the approval of the Ministry has to be obtained. The knowledge he wrote in the letter is not the creation or property of any one country or community.
The ministry said on 15 January that if government-funded universities want to organize an online global conference on issues related to the security of the country or directly related to "India's internal affairs", they will have to get the approval before the ministry. . Banerjee said that the revised guidelines have created many hurdles in organizing online / digital international conferences / seminars / training etc. by state-funded universities. He said that states were not consulted in this regard before issuing the memorandum.
In a letter to Prime Minister Modi, Banerjee wrote that our universities should experience top-level self-government and independence. The knowledge he wrote in the letter is not the creation or property of any one country or community. Logical regulation and restrictions are understandable. However, the restrictions imposed by the office memorandum further underline the Government of India's intention to centralize the higher education system in our country. Banerjee said that it would not be out of context to mention here that education is in the concurrent list of the constitution and it would be contrary to the spirit of the federal structure to not consult with state governments before issuing such instructions to educational institutions. Banerjee said that any such dialogue would be seen as an example of "contempt of constitutional powers of states".