The Left-backed Student Federation of India (SFI) and Right-oriented Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Monday intensified their stir resisting implementation of the “controversial” Rashtriya Uchhtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA).
Tension ran high on Himachal Pradesh University, following a scuffle between ABVP activists and police personnel, who were deployed to maintain law and order on the university campus.
ABVP activists gathered outside vice-chancellor AND Bajpai's office and wanted to submit a memorandum to him.
Cops on duty tried to stop them from entering the V-C office that led to heated exchange between the police and students. In an attempt to make way for themselves, the students pushed the cops. Retaliating to unruly behaviour, the cops also stopped the students.
“The decision of implementation of RUSA has been taken in haste just for the sake of financial assistance from the Centre,” alleges Kushal Kaundal, ABVP president, HPU campus.
“The new education system has been adopted by the government for sake of monetary assistance from the Centre, while administration itself is not sure about the amount of grant,” he said.
Many students would be deprived of distance education as there was no provision under RUSA for private education and the government was silent and adamant over this system, added Kaundal.
The SFI activists observed a black day in different colleges across the state. Students affiliated to SFI wore black bands around their arms to protest against the new education system.
Khushi Verma, SFI secretary, HPU unit, said the new education system was implemented by the government in haste, while educational institutes of the state were not ready for this.
“Our state is not yet ready for the new system as many students are deprived of studying their favourite subject,” said Verma.
Castigating the government and the university administration for adopting anti-student policies, he said hundreds of students were harassed by the new system, but the government and the university administration were ignoring students' problem.