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  1. Controversy engulfs Smriti Irani’s HRD after Anil Kakodkar resigns from IIT-Bombay

Controversy engulfs Smriti Irani’s HRD after Anil Kakodkar resigns from IIT-Bombay

Smriti Irani-led HRD Ministry has been hit by yet another controversy after Anil Kakodkar resigned as the chairman of the board of governors of IIT-Bombay.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 18, 2015 12:31 PM
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Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, MoS for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Jitendra Singh and MoS for External Affairs, VK Singh after the BJP parliamentary board meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

Because of differences with the Smriti Irani-led HRD Ministry over selection of some IIT directors, nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar has resigned as the chairman of the board of governors of IIT-Bombay.

Anil Kakodkar, whose tenure was supposed to come to an end in May this year has, however, agreed to continue till that period after being persuaded by Union minister Smriti Irani, who had a long telephonic conversation with him last evening, sources in the ministry said..

“I have put down my papers because I want to move ahead,” Kakodkar said but refused to comment on queries whether differences had cropped up between him and the minister over selection of the directors.

Significantly, his move came ahead of a crucial meeting of search-cum-selection committee to select the directors of IIT Patna, Bhubaneshwar and Ropar.

The committee is chaired by Irani and Kakodkar is one of the members of the panel. The committee is slated to meet on March 22.

Kakodkar’s resignation came two months after IIT Delhi director R Shevgaonkar had stepped down from his post in December last year which had triggered a controversy amid reports that there were sharp differences between him and the ministry over certain issues. His resignation is yet to be accepted.

According to sources in the HRD ministry, there was consensus on the choice of a new director for IIT Patna and Bhubaneshwar but the same was not in the case of IIT Ropar.

About 37 candidates have been called for a fresh round of interview in the ministry.
Kakodkar is understood to be not in agreement with the ministry over the selection of the candidates.

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