HPU student raise voice against increasing RSS effect on education and its privatization
SHIMLA- The series of HPU student protests is marked by so many events that by now, it sounds like regular news to see these student shouting slogans, sometimes at HPU campus and other times in front of DC office. Their voices were unheard by the people and suppressed by the Govt.
Still, they aren’t giving up. Call them nuisance if you find the bliss of ignorance sweet, but be worried if you seek the truth and justice for Himachal’s youth.
Today, about 100 students staged a protest in front of Shimla DC Office against, as they allege, against the privatization and communalization of education by the Centre Govt. Students criticized the increasing RSS influence on education policies or say ‘Hindukaran’ of syllabus books.
At a time when University is reeling under heavy financial crises, the Centre has cut the UGC grant to institution by 32%. It’s a disgraceful sign for any democratic state which can’t even provide education to its youth, if not free, then at least, at minimum possible cost. Educational and health institutes mustn’t be turned into profit generation bodies. It’s the responsibility of the Govt., and clearly the our CM is failing it completely.
More than that, the students are agitated over the concealment of the report submitted by the review committee from public – the report of the committee which was created to investigate the fairness of huge hikes in HPU fees. The committee has already submitted the report to the Govt. about 10 days ago, but it’s not yet released for public to view.
Some sources are of the opinion that the report of the committee, more or less, takes the side of the protesting students. What’s taking so long for the Govt. to consider the report when the committee was formed by the Govt. itself, for a fair evaluation of the fee hike decision?
Political influence on HPU administration wasn’t ever missing, but the arrival of new Vice Chancellor, Prof. ADN Bajpai proved to be a catalyst in this regard. The ugly game of politics almost reached its peak during last 3-4 months. Everyone witnessed the ruthless misuse of HP Police. There isn’t any doubt that Shimla is missing its previous SP, Abhishek Dullar. Many students and even policemen agree that he would have handled the situation with more decency and efficiency as compared to the new SP, DW Negi.
It’s been more than two months that HPU campus is turned into police cantonment. The section 144 still prevails at campus. There has been no violent incident or even any sign of such probability, but the Govt. isn’t withdrawing 144. The students are blamed and held responsible for it, which is completely ridiculous. Many students are still in jail and aren’t being granted bail. They are considered more as terrorists who pose threat to the VC and students. It’s a shame that when the Govt. couldn’t face the student protest, it turned to misuse of state machinery.
A couple of days ago, the wall of HPU blocks were painted with slogans opposing fee hike and asking for the removal of the VC. HPU administration declared red alert over the issue. A meeting was conducted, FIRs were lodged, and the hunt for the culprit was initiated.
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However, we guess, the administration headed by the VC, must focus on holding meeting to address the cause of such distress among students. Police force isn’t the solution. A Govt. in a any democracy must consider the grievance of its pubic, and must not impose what majority of public rejects.
The students won’t give up so easily. Today, they again warned the Govt. to behave of to face more protest from Himachal’s student community.
Photos: Tarun Sharma