Intellectuals who put the country on the path of progress are often remembered. Unfortunately though, we have failed to recognise the institutions that nurtured these legends. In a move directed at correcting this anomaly and for facilitating the right infrastructure and environment to students at such institutes, the Human Resource Development ministry is about to embark on an exercise to draw up a list of schools and colleges whose alumni have won the country international recognition in different spheres.
The exercise, to be carried out in collaboration with the states will honour the alma mater of these historic figures and also help breathe new life into these institutes.
Also on the agenda is a move to pay tribute to national leaders such as S. Radhakrishnan, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Vivekananda, Zakir Husain, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Madan Mohan Malaviya among others by instituting 50 new centres across universities and institutions of higher education. The University Grants Commission will offer the seed money of Rs. 7.5 lakh to set up these centres which will be named after people who have made stellar contribution towards education, social reform and nation building. Universities and institutions of higher education can apply for the grant and set up these centres.