Cong rebuts BJP claims on IIT: What is the truth?

I just wonder that what these political parties want to prove/achieve from this statement war in media.To mention one incident:

You must have noticed very recently that newly set up IITs are struggling to get even the minimum funds for running.They are standing with a begging bowl for Rs 2-5 crore for running the IITs. And the height is that our politicians are claiming that 760 Crore Rs are already sanctioned. If money is already sanctioned, then why this money is not released in time?

Similarly I would like to request someone to follow the links of the news that IISc was granted 100 crores by P Chidambaram in 2005 budget. If I remember correctly, the money was not given to IISc for almost 2-3 years.

Please see the following links

Telegraph story.

Zee news story.

Tribune version.

Shimla, September 19

Taking BJP ministers to task on the issue of central university and IIT, the Congress has asserted that the UPA government had sanctioned the two institutions and the requisite funds while the party was in power in the state.

In a rejoinder to the statement of ministers Narinder Bragta, Ravinder Ravi and Rajiv Bindal, the Congress has pointed out that union finance minister P. Chidambaram had made a public announcement in that regard at a rally in Shimla on October 2, 2007. The announcement had come after the Virbhadra Singh government vigorously pursued the matter with the Central Government. The UPA regime had also sanctioned Rs 760 crore for the IIT to be set up at Mandi, the party claimed.

PCC general secretaries Mukesh Agnihotri and Sukhwinder Sukhu and legislator Harsh Wardhan lambasted the BJP on the issue of proposed medical college at Mandi. They maintained the Virbhadra Singh government had even issued a notification for opening the institution in the government sector. The BJP government was now trying to back out from the commitment.

The BJP had been in the habit of taking credit for achievements of the Congress.

Born in Bilaspur, Dr. Vatsayayan is at present working as a Assistant Professor at Aerospace Engineering Department of IIT, Mumbai, India.

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