All India Jatha of SFI: Unite & Fight For Scientific and Quality Education without Discrimination

IN any democratic country, people elect a government with a hope that the government will bring polices which will benefit their lives. It is the responsibility of an elected government to ensure the basic amenities of health, education, housing etc to all. It is of paramount importance for any democratic government to strengthen the democratic processes, respect personal liberty, and freedom including the right to dissent. However, what we are witnessing in India today is in sharp contrast to the basic principles of democracy in general and Indian constitution in particular.

The Assault on Higher Education

WHAT we are witnessing today is an assault on higher education the like of which we have not seen since independence. This assault must be defeated if our country is to retain a degree of creativity and independence of thought and not slip back into a state of complete intellectual parasitism upon the advanced capitalist countries, reminiscent of the colonial times.

National Convention on Adivasi Exclusion from Education

A NATIONAL Convention on Adivasi Exclusion from Education was jointly organised by the Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch (AARM), Centre for Adivasi Research and Development (CARD), and Students’ Federation of India (SFI) in New Delhi on August 18, 2018. 224 adivasi participants, including 117 adivasi students, many adivasi teachers and also parents and guardians attended the convention from 14 states. As many as 31 delegates spoke in the convention bringing their varied experiences and suggestions making the discussions lively and educative.

HECI- A Move to Push RSS-BJP Agenda in Higher Education Institutions

AS students, teachers and college administrations gear up for the new academic year, the minister of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) mooted a proposal to replace University Grants Commission (UGC) with Higher Education Commission of India, a new body of governance for Higher Education Institutes in the country.

The MHRD released a draft of Act, called “Higher Education Commission of India Act, 2018 (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act, 1956) according to the subsection 1 of the Section 1 of draft.

4 Years of Systematic Destruction of Education under Modi Regime

EDUCATION must create minds free from superstitions, hatred and violence and become an important vehicle to cement national unity, social cohesion and religious amity. Our endeavour should be to inculcate moral, ethical and humanistic values in the individuals and the society.” These words are from the BJP’s elections manifesto for the 2014 parliamentary election. Now, four years down the line, it seems that either these words have a different meaning in the BJP’s dictionary or these too were ‘jumlas’ like everything else.

SFI Opposes Fee Hike in BITS Institutes

THE central executive committee of the Students’ Federation of India, in a statement issued on May 16, has strongly opposed the exorbitant increase in fees imposed on the students of Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS). The annual tuition fee in the Pilani campus of the institute has been increased this year to Rs 1,59,500. It needs to be underlined here that in the last decade the institute has seen consistent average fee increase of 17 per cent every year.

SSC Paper Leak: Protests Reflect Anger of Unemployed Youths

AFTER months of hard work and sleepless nights, candidates who appeared and were preparing to appear in a job test conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) were shocked when the news of alleged leak of a question paper reached them. Screenshots of a question paper of Combined Graduate Level (Tier-II) examinations, along with answers, were found circulating on social media. There were also report of mass copying. The SSC has subsequently cancelled the exam held on February 21, 2018.

The RSS design in JNU and the Student Resistance

THE Jawaharlal Nehru University is known widely for its quality performance. JNU has been known to rank high in assessments carried by several accreditation bodies. In fact it received the highest ranking of A++ in the 2017 NAAC Accreditation. Adding further to its academic excellence is the unique character of JNU that boasts of quality education accessible to students belonging to the most deprived classes and social groups and a campus atmosphere where the most progressive ideas are upheld in everyday interactions.

It’s Himachal Now: Attack on Dalit Literature in the Name of Concern for Dalits

AFTER the formation of the new government in Himachal Pradesh, people have been waiting for the usual announcements of the so-called pro-people policies. Immediately after being elected to the government, setting a few time-bound goals and trying to portray them as pro-people are the usual trend of bourgeois parties, but nothing of this sort has happened in Himachal Pradesh. Instead, the education fraternity has indulged in a planned attack against a book.

Need for a Renewed Focus on Education Issues

THERE is a continuous attack on education and educational institutions today under the patronage of the BJP government at the centre. During the last three years, the attacks on democracy in campuses and attempts to crush the democratic cultures in educational institutions are among the most talked about and discussed developments. Attacks on JNU, HCU, FTII, IIT Madras etc, were highlighted throughout the nation, and featured prominently in media debates. These assaults met with popular resistance by students.


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