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Rajasthan education minister supports IB move to keep watch over universities

Higher Education Minister of Rajasthan, Kali Charan Saraf, on Wednesday supported the state intelligence bureau's move to keep a watch on universities across the state for avoiding any kind of decline in the law and order situation. He defended the IB's decision even as vice chancellors of the state's two largest universities said the move was not required.

In the wake of recent events that took place at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) over the past few days, the IB said that it would be keeping a watch on colleges and universities across the state.

"There have been various protests, some for JNU, some against, at several educational institutes across Rajasthan. So, to avoid any deterioration in law and order situation, we have asked our units to keep a watch on the activities in universities and colleges", ADG (intelligence) Utkal Ranjan Sahoo said.

Meanwhile, Saraf also said that this decision is in national interest. "(The) Police and intelligence are also part of the government. If the police have decided to keep a watch, it is in national interest. Of course the universities should be watched so that anti-national activities don’t take place there", he said.

"Autonomy does not mean they shout anti-India slogans and engage in sedition. Such activities in the temples of education are absolutely intolerable", Saraf added.

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