Midnapore: The Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on her visit to Midnapore washed off and rejected the views of nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar in connection to the recruitment of directors on the IITs. Kakodkar, who resigned as chairman of the board of governors of IIT-Bombay in March following differences with the HRD ministry, had said that the process to select directors of these prestigious seats of learning was casual in nature.
“I strongly protest that kind of an allegation. Paper work will show that within the legal framework, everything was done as per rules,” Irani told reporters at a news conference at MidnaporeIrani said, “To cast aspersions on the office of the President of the country, a Visitor of IITs, is extremely unfortunate”.
Kakodkar, whose tenure was supposed to come to an end in May, this year has, however, agreed to continue till that period. IIT-Delhi director R Shevgaonkar resigned last December with more than two years of his tenure left amid a controversy over alleged pressure by the HRD ministry on him.