Recent events at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the Delhi University showcase the implicit command of the right wing political forces in controlling the academic environment. However, this communal-casteist agenda of the Sangh Parivaar needs a comprehensive rebuff. The perspectives of the Left and Dalit-Bahujan intelligentsia have the needed intellectual capacity and argumentative rigor to show the Sangh Parivar its place in the academic world. Says Harish Wankhede in his article for Pragoti.
Pragoti Editorial Team Member Dipa Sinha comments on the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act.
The Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill has been tabled in the Parliament. The new bill allows for setting up of off-shore campuses for educational institutions, which would be given complete freedom to determine fee structure and admission criteria. The Bill draws from policy prescriptions that were enunciated in a Commerce Ministry consultation note in the first UPA government in 2005, and the rationale underlying the bill reflects the government’s continued subscription to the neoliberal ideology. The emphasis in the Bill pertains toward rampant commercialization of the higher education sector, a process which could have far reaching and unhealthy consequences for the sector. This note highlights the problems with the Bill and why it is needed to oppose its introduction in Parliament.
The SFI organized a two day long All India Convention on Education in JNU. In the convention, the All India leadership of SFI presented various approach papers on various aspects of education. Also, many distinguished intellectuals presented papers enumerating the anti-student policies of the government, suggesting ways for a democratization of the education sector in India. Based on these papers and discussions amongst the delegates in the Convention, a Charter of Demand was adopted, concretizing the demands for the forthcoming struggles.
The SFI organized a two long convention on education in New Delhi on 20-21 February 2010. The Convention deliberated on various challenges that the student community are facing as a result of the policies pursued by the UPA Government. The convention adopted a Charter of Demands which is given below.
The SFI organized a March to Parliament on 20th February 2009 against the UPA Government's betrayal of the student community and pledging to fight for a pro-people, pro-student, non-Congress, non-BJP alternative. The press release of SFI on the Parliament March and a note on the education policies of the UPA Government is reproduced below.
Should education be a matter of State policy? Or left to the goodwill of the rich?
Avinash Kumar on the farcical consequences of appealing to the magnanimity of the powerful.
Courtesy: Down to Earth
We need to open colleges, not close them.
Courtesy: The Tribune
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