Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has slammed the faculty of the country’s
premier institutions IITs and IIMs. The minister said that these educational
institutions are “not world class” but are “excellent”
because of the quality of students only.
“There is hardly any worthwhile research from our IITs. The faculty in
the IIT is not world class. It is the students in IITs who are world class. So
the IITs and IIMs are excellent because of the quality of students not because
of quality of research or faculty,” said Ramesh, who is himself an alumni
of IIT Mumbai.
Talking about his ministry’s decision to have a joint venture with Reliance
Industries Limited (RIL) to set up a National Centre for Marine Biodiversity in
Jamnagar, Ramesh said the decision was taken as a world class research centre
cannot be built in a “Governmental set up” and can never attract
“We cannot build a world class research centre in a Governmental set
up. The governmental set up can never attract young people. Never. Let us
understand our experience in the last 60 years. Government research
institutions can never attract young talent.
“So we want to think differently. We have to think differently, how we
are going to organise our research institutions. And this is one way of
building PPP,” Ramesh said.
“So I have been to Jamnagar and we are in a PPP mode. We are having a
joint venture with Reliance to set up a world class national centre for marine
biodiversity,” he said.
Jamnagar is also the site of India’s first marine national park, the
Minister said. This would be a new centre that would be focussed exclusively on the
conservation of our marine biodiversity, Ramesh said.
Jairam Ramesh has been the Indian Minister of State (Independent Charge) for
Environment and Forests since May 2009. He was also a member of the first
National Advisory Council, 2006-2008. Ramesh graduated in 1975 from the Indian
Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) with a B. Tech. in Mechanical
Engineering. In 2001, IIT-B presented him with their Distinguished Alumnus
Between 1975-77 he studied at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and
received a Master of Science in Management and public policy. In 1977-78, at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he studied technology policy,
economics, engineering, and management, as part of the newly-established
inter-disciplinary technology policy programme.
He is a founding member of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and is
a member of the International Council of the New York-based Asia Society.
Ramesh has been an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, New
Delhi since 2002. Ramesh has been a columnist for leading dailies like the
Business Standard, Business Today, The Telegraph, Times of India and India