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Centre to consider Kakodkar panel suggestions: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said the government would consider recommendations of the Anil Kakodkar committee on the functioning of IITs after a council of the premier institutes looks into them.



Kharagpur: Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on Monday said the government would consider recommendations
of the Anil Kakodkar committee on the functioning of IITs
after a council of the premier institutes looks into them.

Speaking at the 57th annual convocation of the Indian
Institute of Technology, Kharagpur here, he said, "The
Kakodkar panel formed on the functioning of IITs had made a
number of important recommendations. These will soon be
considered by the council of IITs and then by the government
of India."

He said the panel had noted that the number of PhDs
emanating from the IITs were "very small as compared to
similar institutes in the US or China".

The prime minister said the panel therefore emphasised
the importance of technology and innovation linked to advanced
research.

He said that India had declared the current decade as
a `decade of innovation`.

"The panel suggests that the IITs take on the challenge
of creating an advanced research based innovation eco-system
with the involvement of industry and national technology
related programme," Singh said.

The government had provided a special grant of Rs 200
crore in this year`s budget for the development of IIT,
Kharagpur, he said.

PTI

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