Communist Party of India (Marxist) organised a protest against Rashtriya Uchhattar Skiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), an educational system adopted by the state government last year, and submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Mandi deputy commissioner on Thursday.
The party's leaders said the state government had adopted RUSA in lieu of 'attractive' funds from the Centre in a hurry and without proper counsel from educationists and student organisations, which now had led great confusion among students and parents.
They further said RUSA, which was a proclaimed choice-based credit system (CBCS), was not in the greater interest of students and moreover nearly 60% youth had not got admission whereas those who had done so by fulfilling marks criteria had failed to get the subject of their choice and were paying heavy fees.
They also said RUSA was introduced in the state from the previous academic session 2013-14 in higher education but government had failed to appoint at least 1,000 teachers and other staff as well as failed to add infrastructure needed for the success of the programme.
“Changes in the education system are required for proper education network and infrastructure to protect the interests of students from poorer sections of society. Without creating new institutions and strengthening infrastructure in the existing ones, especially, not filling up vacant faculty positions in all disciplines, RUSA has become a defeated mission in just a year,” said Kushal Bhardwaj, CPM state secretary
Party leaders further demanded that new government universities should be opened at Mandi and Dharmshala to reduce the burden of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) at Shimla which is now facing shortage of land, space and infrastructure. Leaders further demanded increasing grant-in-aid to universities to `130 crore with a 10% increase every year.