SIO wary of foreign varsity Bill

The Students' Islamic Organisation of India has expressed apprehensions on the Foreign University Bill to be passed by the Union Cabinet. A press release from Shahnawaz Ali Raihan, national secretary, SIOI here stated that HRD Minister Kapil Sibal is of the view that the Bill if passed in Parliament would be a revolution larger than the one in the telecom sector.

This statement itself shows that the Bill will give the green signal for tougher competition in the `education industry' to earn large profits. The biggest problem faced by Indian society is that higher education is reachable only to those who fall on the right side of economic affordability and so a large section has been marginalised.
The Bill if implemented will only help to intensify the current state of affairs. Commercialization of education had ruined many Indians and replaced talents by "capitation fee". SIO is also apprehensive of the invasion of western culture, ethics and values along with the Western Universities.

It is condemnable that all the recent bills tabled in parliament are controversial, without proper discussions and debates and that fulfils imperial and elite agenda, which includes bill on nuclear liability bill, (GM) seeds bill and the foreign university bill. It clearly reveals the attitude of slavery of UPA government to the United States. It is quite alarming that since Sibal took charge of HRD ministry; many crucial decisions with regard to education have been taken all of a sudden, without any democratic means of debates and discussions amongst the public.

The bills related to education to be tabled in parliament - Educational tribunal bill, Accreditation bill, Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical, Medical Educational Institutions and of course allowing the setting up of foreign universities bill should not be given the nod without proper discussions and debates, the release adds.

Source: Times of India


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