A CPI(ML) Weekly News Magazine
Vol. 14, No. 09, 22 – 28 FEBRUARY 2011
Confessions of a CEO Prime Minister
Ahead of the budget session of Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had a televised meeting with some select editors of television channels. The Prime Minister had a simple explanation for all the problems facing the country: 'compulsions of coalition politics'. And he had a simple suggestion: the media should not pay too much attention to the scams and other problems for it affects the 'self-confidence of the people' and the 'international image of the country'! The economist PM brushed aside the whole issue of the 2G scam by likening the spectrum loot to the subsidy on food, fuel and fertilizer! And he also did not forget to remind his listeners that his government would complete its term for it still had a lot of unfinished business.
AISA Organises "People's Parliament on Education"
Delhi: Students, Teachers, Educationists Reject UPA's
Pro-Corporate, Pro-Privatization Bills on Education!
On the first day of the budget session of Parliament (February 21st), AISA held a "People's Parliament on Education", along with the All India Forum for Right to Education. Several noted educationists and teachers participated at this People's Parliament including Prof. Anil Sadgopal, Ramesh Patnaik, Dr. Soumen Chattopadhaya (JNU), Dr. Maninder Thakur (JNU), Prof. Minati Panda (JNU), Dr. VN Sharma, Dr. Ramesh Sarin (Satyawati College, DU) and Dr. Vikas Gupta (DU). The People's Parliament was also addressed by Comrade Dipankar Bhattacharya, General Secretary, CPI(ML). Hundreds of students from the universities in Delhi, Allahabad University, BHU (Varanasi), AMU (Aligarh) and Lucknow University attended this Parliament and many of them also addressed the session.
n Regulation of higher education institutions: The government should put an end to the mushrooming of unrecognized colleges and universities, and should tackle the lack of proper infrastructure, lack of qualified faculty, poor conditions of work, scuttling of legally mandated reservations, and increasing contractualisation in the education sector.
n Budget allocation for education: The budget allocation of education should be increased to at least 10% of Union budget, and this money should not be routed through PPP projects. It should be used to create state-funded and residential educational institutions where all basic facilities are heavily funded.
n Social inclusion in educational institutions: In order to ensure more social inclusion, a progressive admission policy (which incorporates deprivation points for students from backward areas and also for women) should be universally put in place. Also, SC/SC/OBC/PH reservations should be made universally mandatory. Madarsa certificates should be recognized and existing financial assistance schemes should be enhanced. Educational institutions should encourage students from multi-lingual backgrounds and accessibility to physically challenged students should be increased.
n Inclusion of women in education institutions: Apart from financial assistance to women students, special cells to look into issues of sexual harassment should be instituted in all colleges and universities, and moral policing of women through dress codes and restrictions of the movement of women should not be allowed.
n Campus democracy: Greater democratic participation of students in decision-making processes should be ensured, and democratization of campuses should be encouraged through a culture of debate and discussion.
Parallel Students Assembly at Davanagere, Karnataka
CPIML-AIALA demand Special Assembly session to decide on Land Reforms Commission
People's Campaign Calls to Kick-out the Killer Vedanta and Save Selvarayan Hills
'Oust DMK-UPA' Campaign Launched in Tamil Nadu
Seminar against Privatization of Health Serveices
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