Thousands Join #March4Education Called By DUTA And FEDCUTA

| March 28 , 2018 , 18:40 IST

A march to the parliament called by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association and the FEDCUTA (Federation of Central Universities' Teachers' Associations) today saw massive participation from teachers and students alike.  

The March was called against the UGC and MHRD’s recent decision of giving autonomy to educational institutions, which according to protestors is an attempt to privatize education and to make it expensive.

The March began from Mandi House for the parliament and was attended by students from Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia and other educational institutions.

Ghazala Jamil, a faculty member from JNU tweeted, "Central Delhi reverberating with slogans by Students, Teachers and University karamcharis as they unitedly #March4Education.

Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia too joined the march throwing his support behind the protestors. RJD leader and former deputy CM of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav tweeted his support to the March. Amnesty India too threw its support behind the march.

Activists from all students’ organisations except the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

Former JNUSU Vice President Shehla Rashid tweeted, “In developed countries such as the US, there's a college or university in every nook and corner. That's the strength of the US system. Free education till college and scholarships in higher education. Ministers' children study in that system. Why not us?”

NSUI National President Fairoz Khan said the Government wants only a few to get the education.

“On the broader level, we will fight against this move towards privatization of education. We are not against autonomy but where will universities and colleges get money if not from the government?” he said.

DUTA President Rajib Ray has also started a petition on asking the Prime Minister of India to Uphold the right to affordable quality education

“Recent pronouncements by the Government relating to Higher Education reveal the intention to slash public funding thereby paving the way for privatization and commercialization of education in the country. Moves like the 70:30 funding formula, the shift from grants to loan-based funding for infrastructure and expansion through the Higher Education Funding Agency and the push to introduce self-financing courses through the Autonomous College Scheme, forcing universities into Graded Autonomy whereby they will have the freedom to invite foreign faculty and introduce market-friendly courses are bound to have an escalating effect on the cost of education and bring down the quality.” The petition reads.

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