The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has claimed that Rashtriya Ucchtar Shiksha Abhiyaan (RUSA), which is a proclaimed choice-based credit system (CBCS), is not in the interests of students and moreover a number of students either will not get admission in subject of their choice or the youth will be deprived of the education due to a number of reasons, including heavy fee structures in private institutions.
The CPM said the official document of RUSA is based on the success of preceding education programmes Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). However, it is the fact that the SSA and RMSA were an utter failure in Himachal Pradesh as revealed recently after various surveys conducted by the state and central teams in which the students have been found to have utterly low learning abilities, it added.
"RUSA will deprive many aspirants to enter colleges and universities and more vivid will be the disparities in the standards of quality provided by different higher education institutions and to put it in a simple form, students who can afford heavy fee structures will enter at more reputed colleges at easily accessible places than in those located in the remote areas," said Bhupender Singh, district general secretary of CPM.
He added that drastic changes are required for the development of higher education network and infrastructure, which means more colleges, universities or other higher education institutions in government sector to protect poor and socially deprived rural students' interests and without creating new institutions and strengthening infrastructure in the existing ones, RUSA will become a self-defeating mission in future.
"The system requires huge structural changes in the education set-up. Even so, it has been pushed in a big hurry from the current session. For its successful implementation, there should have been education of the education planners at the first instance followed by extensive and intensive reforms process as mandated under RUSA, including academic framework and constitution of the state council. Only then the most important aspect was to educate teachers in the university about RUSA followed in that order of college principals and faculty," he added.
Bhupender said the unusual hurry shown by the state government and the university has resulted in a situation where there is only confusion in the public mind as parents and students are not educated about the implementation of RUSA.
He warned that even though RUSA has been implemented, there is a general scepticism about its survival as it is not viable in the present framework and a pro-student and pro-academic framework will arise if active opposition is sustained over some period of time.