Upset over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, Raju put in his papers on October 4 and shunned official work even as the Prime Minister was yet to accept it. (Agencies)
He later began functioning from his official residence but left no occasion to vent his frustration over the government’s stand on Telangana issue. He resumed work from his office on December 20.
As the Ministry sought to push through the reformative agendas during the year, a Supreme Court ruling put it in a spot over the fate of technical institutes in the country.
It contemplated an ordinance route to overturn the Apex Court ruling, which had questioned the legitimacy of AICTE to govern technical courses, but held back asking UGC instead to draft regulations for approval of colleges.
In the midst of this episode, the Bihar mid-day meal tragedy took place. Stung by it, the ministry asked all states to put in place a contingency plan to deal with such incidents and ensure strict compliance of guidelines like teachers tasting food before it is served and procurement of foodgrains in sealed containers.
It also decided to set up a committee to review the implementation of its flagship programme, though incidences of similar nature kept recurring with alarming regularity in various other parts of the country.
The year saw a few of a dozen legislations related to reforms in higher education passed by Parliament. Ministry officials now fear that several of them would lapse with the end of the tenure of 15th Lok Sabha.
Upset over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, Raju put in his papers on October 4 and shunned official work even as the Prime Minister was yet to accept it.