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Draft Education Policy suggests curbs on campus politics

By   /  June 16, 2016  /  Comments Off on Draft Education Policy suggests curbs on campus politics

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After February 9, JNU and university education have been major topics of conversation with people divided over their views. For those in support of political debates and politics being a part of university education will be in for disappointment. The New Draft National Education Policy discourages politics being part of university – Many national parties have their ‘chapters’ in nearly every university campus in India. Many campuses also have caste-or-community-based organizations. Thus one finds unions or associations of subsets of students, or teachers, or other employees, who aggressively pursue their special political or other interests, within the arena of the campus, and the college / university ambit. It is not infrequent that two or more of such groups of students or faculty members come into serious opposition with each other on this or other issue, and have no hesitation in blocking the main-line work of the university; they may have real or imagined grievances, but the collateral damage to the serious students can be heavy indeed.”

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It is felt that these disturbances disrupt the education of many students who spend a lot of many and come to pursue a course for the betterment of their career. The necessity to review the current situation, and find a balance between free speech and freedom of association guaranteed by the constitution and the primary purpose of establishing the university is stressed in the draft policy.

According to a few reports the draft policy, not so much in public domain, constituted by TRS Subrmanian refers to issues like teacher shortage, preference of learning foreign language and objects to HRD ministry using the word tolerance when referring to diversity.

 

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