Govt. looks to ‘disengage’ from IPIRTI

In a proposal, the Union Finance Ministry has recently recommended that the government disengage from certain institutions currently under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC).

The Finance Ministry committee has recommended that MoEFCC disengage from five autonomous bodies: Indian Institute of Management (IIFM-Bhopal), Wildlife Institute of India (WII-Dehradun), Indian Council of Forest Research and Education (ICFRE-Dehradun), Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI-Bengaluru), the CPR Environmental Education Centre (Chennai), and the Centre for Environment Education (CEE-Ahmedabad).

The Finance Ministry’s Department of Expenditure, which conducted the review, recommended that the government phase out its budget support by 25% per year for these institutes and convert them to autonomous institutions or deemed universities.

Under the plan, IPIRTI would ultimately be largely funded by the plywood and panels industry.

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