A controversy has broken out after Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan announced the second campus of the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) in Thiruvananthapuram will be renamed after RSS ideologue MS Golwalkar.
After the announcement the opposition raised objection.
Later the Chief Minister of Kerala Pinayari Vijayan had also written to Dr. Harsh Vardhan to reconsider his decision of naming the campus after RSS ideologue.
“The RGCB which was initially run by the state government and was handed over to the Government of India with the aim of developing it into a centre achieving the international standards in research and development. Keeping this in view, the government of Kerala is of the opinion that the campus be named after some eminent Indian scientist of international repute instead of the proposed name [sic],” Pinarayi urged in the letter.