Advisor to Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation, Sam Pitroda, has expressed his discontent on the education system and the government's attitude towards higher education reforms. Speaking at the V-Cs' conference Friday, Pitroda said the government must “act now” on education reforms “as there has been no progress in this regard in the last five years”. He said India desperately needed to devise its own model of education as western models did not work here and focus has to be drawn to the changing role of the teacher. Pitroda said he tried to follow up on the status of the many National Knowledge Commission recommendations, but he was continually told that discussions and consultations were on. “Five years have gone by and nothing has happened… there is no need for any discussion, it's time to act,” Pitroda said, adding that such inaction in higher education was “near-criminal”.