MANGALORE: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at the conclusion of its four-day national executive council meeting on Thursday has expressed concern at recent arrest of JNU student Hem Mishra and the subsequent arrest of University of Delhi professor G N Saibaba. This, the council contended is an indicator to prove that Left winged extremists are running their activities in some educational campuses under disguise.
Briefing reporters on the various resolutions adopted during the course of the deliberations, Sreehari Borikar, national general secretary of the Parishad said many organisations such as Democratic Students’ Union, All India Student Association, Kabir Kala Manch and many activists in the garb of students and teachers are actively promoting naxal activities on the campuses. Central universities such as JNU, DU are attracting students to naxalism.
Claiming that these central universities are instigating ‘young, innocent students’ and linking them to with brutal and violent naxal activities, he said this should be dealt with a high powered inquiry. “The NEC has given a clarion call to its rank and file to ensure that there are naxal free campuses,” Shreehari said, adding that the thrust will be to expose such elements sympathetic to Left winged Maoist movement on the campuses
Saket Bahuguna, state secretary of ABVP’s Delhi unit said the need for central legislation to check commercialisation of education is felt like never before. Observing that there has been sharp rise in commercialisation of higher education in the name of privatisation, Saket said the UPA government in the name of enhancing gross enrolment ratio, has allowed number of private universities and other private educational institutions to mushroom.
There are gross incongruities in the fees charged in such institutions and infrastructure offered by them, he said. Entrance exams and results in such institutions are marred by gross anomalies, he said, adding that only a central legislation can stop all such activities. The ABVP will meet HRD minister Smriti Irani with this demand and prevail on her to stop commercialisation, and autocratic attitude of such universities and institutions.