TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MOTION OF THANKS IN RAJYA SABHA Cong: Fear around us, Opp phones tapped, Govt made us terrorists ‘Govt of name changers, not game changers, BJP masters of repackaging’ 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE A candle for Ankit BY TEESTA SETALVAD Loya case: Plea in SC to examine 11 persons ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 THE COUNSEL for the Bombay Lawyers Association moved an application Monday before the Supreme Court to cross-examine 11 persons, including two judges, in connection with the death of CBI special judge B H Loya in 2014. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave filed the application under Order XI of the Supreme Court Rules 2013 for CrossExamination of: Sanjeev Barve, DirectorGeneral/Commissioner, State Intelligence Department, Maharashtra; Dr Prashant Bajrang Rathi, Resident of Sai Regency, Ravi Nagar, Nagpur; Niranjan Takle, Reporter of Caravan; Srikant D Kulkarni, MemberSecretary,Maharashtra State Legal Service Authority; S M Modak, Principal District Judge, Pune; Vijay C Barde, Additional Sessions Judge, City Civil and Sessions Court, Greater Bombay; Dr Pinak Gangadhar Rao,Dande,RamNagar,Nagpur; Anuj Brij Gopal Loya s/o Late B H Loya; Sharmila Brij Gopal Loya w/o Late B H Loya; Hari Kishan Ramchandra Loya, f/o Late B H Loya; and, Dr Anuradha Balaprasad Biyani, sister of Late B H Loya. On Monday, petitioners in the case told the Supreme Court that there was no entry of the Loya's name in the register of Ravi Bhavan where he is said to have spent the night on November 30, 2014 while on a visit to Nagpur to attend the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Made debut speech in Rajya Sabha Monday. Renuka Puri IN MOURNING A day after Havildar Roshan Lal was killed in shelling by Pakistani forces in Rajouri , his grieving father, Desraj, 85, and younger brother, Darshan Lal, at Nichla village in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. Arun Sharma AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION Want an honorary doctorate? Will help if you are in power Individuals whose job is to monitor, regulate institutions are getting honorary doctorates from them — raising questions of propriety and conflict of interest ONTHEHONOURLIST: BJP,CONG,SP,NCP SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 ONE OF them is in charge of the University Grants Commission (UGC), which monitors standards in teaching, examination and research in universities. Another heads the executive committee of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council(NAAC),whichgrantsaccreditation to institutions of highereducation.Thenthereare Union ministers heading the Human Resource Development ministry. Allof themareonthehonour list—hundredsof politiciansand bureaucrats who were awarded honorary doctorate degrees by public universities in India over thelast20yearswhentheywere in charge of monitoring these veryinstitutions,aninvestigation by The Indian Express has found. The Indian Express filed Right To Information (RTI) Act applications to 470 public universities seeking data for the last 20 years from 1997 to 2017. An analysis of responses received showed that 160 public univer- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sanjay Singh on Monday. Prem Nath Pandey ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 THERE IS an atmosphere of “fear” in the country, phones of Opposition leaders are being tapped and they have all been “reduced to terrorists”, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. “You have divided political parties by using ED, Income Tax, NIA. You have gone after people who are aligned with us. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 UGC chiefs among 1,400 who got honorary doctorates from 160 public universities, institutes in last 20 years. Praveen Khanna sities and institutions conferred nearly 2,000 honorary doctorates to around 1,400 people; 126 did not give any honorary degree during this period; and, 184 did not respond. Honorary doctorates do not come with monetary benefits but they carry enormous cache in an educational system that values degrees as markers of credibilityandinfluence—many recipients add the prefix “Dr” to their names. Records show that those who received these degrees included two serving Presidents at the time, Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee, who were Visitors occupying the apex position at central universities. A more telling case is that of formerIIScdirectorandscientist Goverdhan Mehta who was chairman of the NAAC's executive committee from 2006 to 2012. During these six years, RTI records show, Mehta — who has an academic PhD from Pune University — received 18 hon- PAGES 4, 5 orary doctorates from public universities across the country, from Karnataka to Kashmir. The NAAC is an autonomous body established by the UGC to “assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country”. Close behind Mehta is economist Sukhdeo Thorat — a PhD from JNU— who received seven honorary doctorates between 2006 and 2011, when he was chairman of the UGC. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 He advocates the Bharatiya model of development And to shine light on the NITI Aayog’s role in these schemes and what the last full Budget of theModigovernmentbeforethe next Lok Sabha elections hopes to achieve, Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, will be the guest at the Express Adda in Mumbai on Tuesday. For long a proponent of the ‘Bharatiya model’ of development, Kumar maintains that the NITI Aayog is not a replica of the Planning Commission, that it is designed to be an ‘action tank’, and not just a think tank. He has said that it is his and his team’s job to provide a feedback mechanism to the government and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 IN HIS maiden address in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, BJP president Amit Shah countered the Congress’s criticism of the Centre’s economic policies — from unemployment to the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Hitting back at the Congress for criticising Prime Minister NarendraModi’srecentremarks, Shah said it was better to sell pakodas than remain CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Alert from Male: Maldives judges facing intimidation from govt WITH MALDIVES President Abdulla Yameen refusing to implement court orders to release political leaders from custody andreinstate12OppositionMPs in parliament, the Indian High Commission in Male has conveyedtoNewDelhithattheapex judiciary in the island nation is being intimidated by the government. 11 WORLD AMERICA, RUSSIAINNEW NUCLEARARMS RACE Opposition supporters in Male on Sunday night. AP US STARTS DRAWDOWN OF ITS FORCES IN IRAQ EXPRESS NETWORK ● SP PROTESTS UP ‘FAKE ENCOUNTERS’ IN RAJYA SABHA, PAGE 7 “We have been in touch with various stakeholders in Male. What we have gathered is that thejudgesarebeingintimidated. The top judges are maintaining their calm, as the Chief Justice has been standing by them. Some diplomats have been able to speak to them,” sources told The Indian Express. New Delhi is also in touch with envoys from other countries who have concurrent accreditation in Maldives, said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 75% Bohra women admit female genital mutilation: new study SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI/ FEBRUARY 5 At Express Adda today: Decoding the Budget with NITI Aayog chief Rajiv Kumar UNVEILING THE Union Budget four days ago, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley pointed to the role that the NITI Aayog would play inschemesonthegovernment’s prioritylist.Theseincludedevelopment of a mechanism to ensureadequatepriceforfarmproduce, the ambitious National Health Protection Scheme and a nationalprogrammeonartificial intelligence. Businessman are fearful of speaking to us on the phone because our phones are being tapped and they fear being targeted for having sided with the Opposition.WhenIwasthechief ministerof JammuandKashmir, we used to do that to terrorists. You have reduced all of us to terrorists, you have made us international terrorists. Fear is not a good thing, especially in a democracy,” said Azad, as he called for “freedom of speech, freedom to socialise, freedom to ‘Selling pakodas better than being jobless’ BELYING THE government’s admission to the Supreme Court that there is no data on the existence of Female Genital Mutilation(FGM)inIndia,anew qualitative study shows that 75 percentof 94respondentsinterviewed had subjected their daughters to the practice. The study titled “The Clitoral Hood A Contested Site”, was released Monday before International Day for Zero Tolerance for FGM. The detailed study was conducted by independent researchers Lakshmi Anantnarayan, Shabana Diler and Natasha Menon along with WeSpeakOut, a coalition of Bohra women against FGM and thewomen’srightsorganisation Nari Samata Manch. The research also showed that97percentof thefemalerespondents, who remembered their own FGM as children, recalled it being very painful. Also known as khafz in the Bohra community (a Shia Muslim sect), the procedure involves partial or complete removal of the clitoral hood or the clitoris once the girl is seven years old. While 33 per cent of female respondents said FGM has had an adverse impact on their sexuallife,10percentof thewomen reportedhavingfrequenturinary tract infections, and incontinence,withonereportedcaseof excessivebleeding.Amajority of the female respondents reportedtheyfeltlowself-esteem, shame, betrayal, anger, and sufferedfromdepressionasadirect CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SIX NEW IIMS WANT CONTINUED GOVT ROLE IN APPOINTING DIRECTOR RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 EXPRESSING CONCERNS over accountability, at least six new IndianInstitutesof Management (IIM) have voiced their support for continued government involvement in the appointment of directors to the country’s premier B-schools. This view, it is learnt, was expressed by least six IIM heads in a meeting of all directors, called by IIM-Bangalore on January 22 to seek inputs for drafting rules under the new IIM Act. The Act was passed by Parliament last month and came into effect on January 31. UnderthenewIIMAct,aninstitute director, who will also act asChief ExecutiveOfficer,istobe selected by the Board of Governors (BoG) of the institute from a panel of names recommended by the search-cum-selection committee (ScSc) also constituted by the BoG. Earlier, the director was appointed by the Board, but with the prior approval of the AppointmentsCommitteeof the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister. At least half of the new IIMs, set up in the last decade, are of theviewthattheACC’sinterventionshouldcontinueevenunder the new law to ensure accountability. “Before the new law kicked in, the ACC’s approval meant the vigilance wing of the government would run a background check on each of the short-listed candidates to check corruption complaints or inquiries against them. There will be no such checks now,” said the director of a new IIM, requesting anonymity. “Also, unlike the older IIMs, which are well-established and have an experienced Board, the newer ones are still dependent IIM heads met in IIM-Bangalore (above) on Jan 22. File on the government and have inexperienced BoGs. What will happento second and third generation institutes in the complete absence of government involvement?” said the same director, and added, “While we don’t want the government to playanactiverole(inouradministration),wealsodon’twantthe government to play no role at all.” Another IIM director disagreed. Also requesting anonymity, the director told The Indian Express that while the concerns of the new institutes were “theoretically valid”, there were enough checks in the sys- tem to ensure that the Board or the chairman of the BoG do not abusethepowersunderthenew law. “What the new IIMs are experiencingisnaturalanxietythat comes with a new law. Let’s assume an IIM gets a chairperson who does not share the broad values and ethos of IIMs. Members of the alumni and the government representative on the Board will keep such a chairperson in check,” he said. According to sources, in the meeting of all directors held on January 22, concerns were also expressed about the self-appointing nature of the BoG un- Jaipur der the IIM Act. “A self-appointing Board can be a self-perpetuatingBoard.Theselectionof BoG members should be transparent and ideally through an advertisement,” said another, who heads one of the six new IIMs that raised accountability concerns. It was also suggested that there be an age limit for BoG members The ministry has set up a committee headed by IIM Sirmaur Chairman Ajay Shriram to draft rules under the IIM Act. HRDMinisterPrakashJavadekar has said that the government would try to finalise rules in a month.
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