The inaugural of School of Life Sciences at University of Hyderabad by Union minister for Human Resource Development, M.M Pallam Raju was marred by slogans raised by student unions, opposing the Central government’s decision of allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in education as well as in other university-based issues.
“The government is not in favour of making profit out of education but our universities should be viable. Private partnership with educational institutions is a healthy trend,” said Pallam Raju in order to placate the handful of union representatives who walked up to the minister and submitted a representation.
Addressing students at the event, he said there was a need to focus on developing Intellectual Property Rights for indigenous research.
“Bringing in increased private funding in research will enhance the spending and is a welcome measure. Universities should look at greater collaboration with industries for research initiatives,” he said during the inaugural of the Rs 37 crore structure. The new school houses 187 rooms including laboratories and an auditorium, seminar hall and canteen.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, the minister said the University Grants Commission (UGC) was acting towards enhancing security on university campus. He said no new central universities will be set up under the 12th five year plan, though the universities set up under the previous plan will be consolidated.