New Delhi: Congress on Saturday left
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh to fend for himself over
the controversy surrounding his remarks that faculty of the
premier IITs and IIMs are "not world class", but attacked BJP
for its scathing criticism on the issue.
"I do not know in what context and what circumstances
Jairam Ramesh has made the remarks. Whether it has been taken
in context or out of context, he is the best person to be
really be able to answer this question," party spokesperson
Manish Tewari told reporters at the AICC briefing.
"So far as IIM and IITs are concerned, there is no
question or ambiguity about their contribution to Indian
academia and even to building some of the primest institutions
around the world."
He was responding to questions on the remarks of
Ramesh, which has evoked strong reactions from the academia
and the main opposition party BJP.
Lambasting Ramesh for his remarks, BJP spokesperson
Rajiv Pratap Rudy said: "We cannot have world institutions
unless we have world class ministers."
Terming the BJP`s remarks as "naive", Tewari said: "We
do not appreciate unsolicited advice from third class people
as to who should be first class or who should be third class."