New Delhi, Mar 17 (UNI) The Government today said a Centre of Research on Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) in Amritsar will be set up instead of a National Institute of Studies.
Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Human Resources D Purandeswari said the Centre would be set up in GNDU itself which will be fully funded by the Ministry.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to Amritsar in 2004 had announced the establishment of the Institute.
''The Government is committed to establishing the research institute to spread the message of the Guru Granth Sahib in the country... We realise the sensitivity of the matter,'' she in reply to Independent member Tarlochan Singh's question whether the Government had scaled down the project of setting up of the National Institute now to a mere Centre in the GNDU.
Ms Purandeswari informed the House that the UGC had approved the proposal of setting up of the National Institute as an autonomous body and an expert-committee would act as its Governing Body-cum- Advisory Committee.
An amount of Rs 1 crore was also sanctioned through the UGC as seed money to the GNDU and land for the institute was also provided free of cost.
''But subsequently it was decided to establish the Centre of research in GNDU itself instead of a new autonomous body. This is being evaluated by an expert committee of the UGC for finalising the budgetary requirements for the entire 11th plan,'' she added.
BJP member Chandan Mitra then sought to know from the Minister the reason for the change in the plan, over-riding the Prime Minister's announcement and who had cleared it.
The Minister then assured the House that the Government would not cut on the budgetary assistance to the programme.
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