‘Dispense with bureaucratic control for institutional excellence’, says Matoo

“Jammu Kashmir News”

Srinagar: The only way institutions of higher learning in Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of the country can achieve excellence is through complete internal autonomy by dispensing with bureaucratic financial and administrative control, noted academician Amitabh Mattoo said here on Tuesday.

Interacting with faculty members and students at the local Amar Singh College, his alma mater, Mattoo said he was revisiting the college after 34 years and lot of water had flowed down the Jhelum river since then.

“Unfortunately, none of the reforms suggested were undertaken by the previous UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government. The result has been that you have created more institutions, but those institutions are second to third rate institutions,” he added.

Interacting with the audience, the noted academician answered college teachers and students’ questions, ranging from his idea of a final solution to the Kashmir problem and the overbearing postures of television news channel anchors.

Answering a question on what would be the best solution to the Kashmir imbroglio, Mattoo replied in lighter vein: “If I had answer to that question, I would have been the secretary general of the United Nations.”

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