Lucknow: Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday slammed political parties opposing accreditation of universities saying though they claim it would harm the
federal structure, it would, in fact, harm their personal
"We are seeing how institutions are being granted the
status of universities especially in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya
Pradesh, and we want no university shall come into being
without accreditation and this is what is being opposed," he
told a seminar here.
"This decision is being opposed in Uttar Pradesh and
some parties are also disrupting proceedings of Parliament
on the pretext that it will harm the federal structure but
the reality is that if implemented, it will lead to closure
of their shops," Sibal said.
He regretted till all political parties view things in
national interest, hopes of reforms will not become a reality.
The minister said time has come to teach a lesson to
those who are foiling Central government`s efforts to bring
improvement in educational structure.
Highlighting the problems of malnutrition, atrocities
on women, corruption and crime in Uttar Pradesh, he said
of the 100 children going to schools in the country, only 16
Sibal said the strength of a country is reflected not in
per capita income but in the students in university as they
give new ideas on which the nation progresses.
Announcing that Akash 2, new version of tablet computer,
would be launched in April, he said work to link all 604
universities and 31,000 colleges with the "National Knowledge
network" was on.
He said a national assessing authority would be
set up soon.
On the Lokpal Bill, Sibal questioned the intentions of
the BSP and the SP saying though they staged a walk out in the
Lok Sabha, they supported the BJP in the Rajya Sabha and kept
sitting in the House.
They demand bringing the Prime Minister`s Office under
the Lok Pal, but they do not talk of a Lokayukta in states, he