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Nehru and Iit

Mudaliar, Mookerjee, not Nehru, built India’s scientific institutions

The founding of the Indian Institutes of Technology and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences too had nothing to do with Jawaharlal Nehru. While the IITs had their genesis in N.M. Sircar Committee report of 1945, Nehru’s indifference towards setting up medical institutes were captured in an exchange between Dr. Mookerjee and N.G. Ranga in the Constituent Assembly. When Dr. Mookerjee mentioned that a committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Arcot Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar had been set up to establish an All India Medical Institute, N.G. Ranga highlighted Nehru’s statement opposing the All India Medical Institute in Delhi on the grounds that the housing problem had to be solved first.