From India News Network(INN)
New Delhi, July 10: Students Federation of India(SFI) Central Executive Committee issued the following statements:
In a great surprise the Ministry of Human Resources has decided to award of eminence to Jio Institute which has not come into existence yet. The Jio institute which will be run by the Reliance Foundation is not an existing one and according to even them it will come only after 3 years. Such an award to a non-existing institution while all the public universities and institutions are rejected shows the attitude of the current government which target to dismantle the public education top down.
The earlier announcement about IoE specifies it will grant special powers to these institutes, such as greater autonomy to start a new course, hire foreign faculty and collaborate with foreign institutes without government approval. From the beginning there had been an apprehension that this may lead to uncontrollable fee hike and a more commercialized situation in an already shrinking public funded higher Education.
Now by giving the "Institute of eminence" award to Jio University, a university which does not exist anywhere but in papers, the government, in a criminal nature, is contributing 1000 crores from tax payers’ money to one of the richest persons alive to start his private venture. If this is not a criminal wastage of public money, what is? We have been hearing a section of people asking about tax payers’ money in the context of JNU and recently Jadavpur University which had been an example of institutions that are challenging the regime over their anti-people policies and also continuing as the major centres of knowledge production. These institutions have been branded anti national by the saffron camp. But this daylight robbery of public resource will be celebrated by the same agents of Central Government.
Students Federation of India condemns this decision and warns the Government that any such effort of dismantling the public education and feeding corporates with the common people's wealth will not be tolerated. Central Executive Committee of SFI also appeals the public to raise in rage against this loot for corporates and attack on public education.
SFI Solidarity with Jadavpur University Students
SFI central executive committee extends solidarity with the students who are sitting in hunger strike and sit-in demonstration at Jadavpur University. The student community in West Bengal falling victim of the tyranny of TMC government. Jadavpur University is no exception. The rational leftist student organisations of JU are fighting to protect the autonomy of the University. While ABVP stands with the TMC government's decision.
We have seen how the decision of admission test in six departments of Arts Faculty got cancelled without any intimation, even after the decision of admission test was finalised through 2 sets meetings of the Admission Committee, as well as the Executive Council. It seemed, as if some invisible power pulled all the strings from behind. At the EC meeting on 27th June, 4 revised dates of admission tests were finalised. All the preparations were also started accordingly. Then, on 4th July, another EC meeting was called for, where the authority clearly told us that there will be no admission test in any of the BA courses this year and in its place, admissions will take place on the basis of marks obtained in class XII board examinations. The whole procedure in which the authority has functioned regarding this matter is unprecedented in the history of JU.
We know that students have no official right to comment anything about the admission procedure of the University. There would not have been any problem if the respective departments could take independent decisions, whether the criteria would be an entrance test, or on the basis of marks. The students of Jadavpur University are actually fighting against the unacceptable decision that the TMC government is trying to impose on JU.
Almost 18000 applicants from all over the country, as well as other countries are facing serious problem. After 4 days of sit-in demonstration, 20 students have sat for indefinite hunger strike which has also crossed almost 80 hours.
Again we extend our solidarity to the struggling comrades of Jadavpur University and he hope that they will remain successful to protect the autonomy of the University against such impositions.