MP: Fiji lacks intellectuals
EDUCATION Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy says there is a lack of intellectuals in universities in the country.
He made the comment while opening the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 7th Symposium on Sensorless Control for Electrical Drives at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa in Nadi yesterday.
Dr Reddy also lamented the lack of critical analysis of government policies and he said the few intellectuals who did make comment, were speaking in areas they were not experts in.
“We hardly see intellectuals in Fiji,” he said.
“We see lots of teachers in universities and quite a few good academics but very few intellectuals in universities.
“I hope we do see intellectuals in universities who are able to use their research to make a difference in policy making.
“Over the past 19 months in Government, I have not seen critical analysis of government policies by academics.
“Some of those commenting from universities, they write about areas in which they have no expertise in and are, to some extent, tainted with their political affiliation.
“I suggest that they maintain or remain in their area and write feature articles and papers from a research paper and in that way they are protected.
“They should do a research paper and get it published in rank journals and from that, tease out a four page article — no one can question you.
“But if an economist writes about political science, then we get worried about it.”
Fiji is hosting the IEEE Symposium for the first time.
The event was organised by the University of the South Pacific and ends today.
Source Fijitimes Monday, June 06, 2016