Fw:[AIF-RTE:623] Fwd: TAKE UP POST CARD CAMPAIGN IMMEDIATELY AGAINST BILLS
- Dear All,Pl. take the Post Card campaign seriously and get as many Post Cards sent to your Member of Parliament as possible. What you have to do is to buy the Post Cards and get the following (in blue) written in hand or in print and sent to the concerned MP. It is urgently required as the unwanted Bills are being taken up in the On going session of Parliament. If passed India will again be subjugated to WTO wills and foreign powers. The whole exercise is to commercialize education all through.vnsTo Shri/Smt/Ms……………………………., M.P,Xxxxxxxxx Parliamentary Constituency,Dear M.P,Please oppose ‘Foreign Educational Institutions Bill’, ‘InnovativeUniversities Bill’, ‘Educational Tribunals Bill’, ‘National Accreditation Bill’, ‘Unfair Practices Bill’ and ‘National Council for Higher Education and Research Bill’. Please also demand immediate withdrawal of Government's ‘offers’ to bring Higher Education sector under WTO. All the above bills and ‘offers’ will only intensify commercialization of education and pose a serious threat to merit, social justice, academic independence and national sovereignty.Sincerely yoursxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Anil Sadgopal <anilsadgopal@...>
अखिल भारतीय शिक्षा अधिकार मंच (AIF-RTE) की ओर से भेजा गया एक महत्वपूर्ण आह्वान आपको फ़ार्वर्ड कर रहा हूं। इसमें एक पोस्ट कार्ड अभियान की जानकारी दी गई है। इस अभियान का मकसद संसद के मानसून सत्र में सरकार द्वारा उच्च शिक्षा के अंधाधुंध निजीकरण, बाजारीकरण, विदेशी विश्वविद्यालय को बुलाना एवं भारत की उच्च शिक्षा के दरवाजे विदेशी बाजार हेतु बेलगाम खोल देने के एजेंडे का प्रतिरोध करने के लिए सांसदों व राजनीतिक दलों पर जन दबाव बनाना है। जल्द ही अंग्रेजी में भेजी जा रही सामग्री का हिंदी में अनुवाद भी उपलब्ध हो जाएगा। तब तक आप अपने साथियों की मदद से इस सामग्री का अध्ययन कर लें और अभियान के लिए मन भी बना लें, ऐसी गुजारिश है।
इस मुद्दे पर हम एक बैठक का भी आयोजन करेंगे।
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अपने विचार इसी इंटरनेट समूह पर जरूर डालें। इंतजार रहेगा।
- अनिल सद्गोपाल----- Forwarded Message ----
From: डा वी एन शर्मा <vnsh44@...>
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Sent: Sun, 31 July, 2011 9:22:27 PM
Subject: [AIF-RTE:623] Fwd: TAKE UP POST CARD CAMPAIGN IMMEDIATELY AGAINST BILLS
I hope you are in receipt of the Attached documents in word and pdf formats. They are still there in this post. For a better reading of the valuable documents I have copied them here. Pl. read and act and take accelerated action on Post Card campaign. The original message from Sri Ramesh Patnaik is also there after these two documents.
Thanx for your attention pl.
Oppose Market Oriented Reforms in Higher Education
Write to Your MP to oppose the related Bills in the Parliament
The UPA Government implemented the ‘Right To Education Act’ from 1st April 2010. The result, as everybody can see, has been the weakening of public education system and big hikes in fees in private sector. The Common School System or democratic curricular objectives have had no place in our education system either before or after the implementation of the Act. However, MHRD minister Kapil Sibal is now carrying out a program for restructuring the entire education system. Having destroyed the school system, he has now initiated market reforms in higher education. A series of Bills related to higher education are before the parliament and maybe passed in the monsoon session this year. If enacted, these bills will make higher education an unprotected prey for both domestic and foreign corporations. The academic consequences of such `reforms’ will be catastrophic. The privately-borne high cost of education will put a premium on disciplines and courses that are directly linked to the demands of domestic and foreign markets that currently generate maximum jobs and the biggest salaries for few. Fundamental research both in social and natural sciences and pro-people research and democratic syllabi will suffer an inevitable decline. As a consequence, the critical and transformational purpose of institutions of higher education will recede into the background, as they are rapidly turned into `providers’ of a commodity called `knowledge’.
New Bills: The foreign educational institutions (entry and regulation) Bill, opens flood gates for foreign trade in education sector. The Educational Tribunal Bill system seeks to establish a draconian grievance redressal system in conditions in which unionization and collective action, and even recourse to the courts, would be denied to all sections of the university community. The Abolition of Unfair Practices Bill defines only those exorbitant demands for fees that have not been announced at the time of admissions as constituting `unfair practice’ and thus legitimizes the rest of all unfair practices!
The Bill to set up an Accreditation Authority has the declared objective of maintenance of quality. Yet its main purpose is not academic; it functions as an aid to students to decide where they should `invest’ to get the best `returns’ from the system. In an educational environment as historically, regionally and socially diverse and unequal as contemporary India, it would seriously compromise those courses and institutions that would in fact merit the most support.
A ‘National Council for Higher Education and Research’, is proposed to be established as the ` single-window’ entry point, so favored by corporate capital, to replace bodies like the UGC, MCI, AICTE, NCTE which regulate diverse academic streams. Now these are seen as hurdles in the onward march of trade in education. The important point to be noted here is that the World Bank suggests to and the World Trade Organization imposes on their member countries to set up a single and ‘independent’ regulatory authority in every service sector. These independent regulatory authorities will be independent of democratic pressure from people and regulate trade in favor of corporate houses. The proposed ‘Innovative Universities Bill’ gives a free hand to foreign educational traders to establish and run ‘Universities’ as they deem fit, with only the condition that they enroll 50% students from within the country. Another proposed bill would legislate on the conditions for Public Private Participation - a euphemism for withdrawal of public funding to facilitate increasing commercialization in the education sector.
Since the 1990’s it has become very well-known that ‘reform’ in any sector only means privatization, globalization and liberalization of trade regulations. The current agenda of Kapil Sibal is to bring these ‘reforms’ into the education system and convert it into a market for domestic and foreign capital. That is why the singular purpose behind all the higher education bills is to bypass regulation by the legislative, judicial and executive systems and clear the path for unrestrained trade in education.
The crisis in the educational system, its institutions weakened over time due to corrupt practices under the pressure of profit oriented private institutions on the one hand, and a failure to invest public funds in a sustained manner, on the other, contributed largely to dereliction of duties at different levels. What is required at this stage to bring about genuine reform is to ban trade in education on one hand and decentralize and democratize regulatory bodies on the other. Again, the expansion of the system (only about 12% of young people in the relevant age group are in higher education institutions) and ensuring greater access to students from marginalized and weaker sections of society must form the basis for improving and reforming higher education. However, the Kapil Sibal guided reform process is going in the opposite direction.
Commercialization of education and concentration of regulatory powers are aimed at restricting entry into this sector only for the wealthy elite and with the onset of global trade in education, the Indian education system will lose whatever democratic nature it has been able to retain till date. Public Private Partnership will result in dissolution of public institutions and establishment of a few elite institutions and many `teaching shops’ in the private sector. Public money will be siphoned off to private agencies while the poor and disadvantaged will have to pay for poor quality degrees.
The NDA government had already ‘offered’ the higher education sector as a tradable commodity to be regulated by World Trade Organization. The UPA is yet to take any steps to withdraw this offer. In fact, the current Bills are aimed at putting in place the legal structure that would facilitate implementation of the regulations of the WTO. If the offer is not withdrawn before the completion of the Doha Round of trade negotiations, Indian higher education would be governed, in perpetuity, by multinational trade regulations. This would pose a grave threat to academic independence and national sovereignty.
It is high time for students, teachers, educationalists organizations and activists and for all people to stand against commercialization of education and wage a determined struggle for common school system and public funded education from KG to PG. It is time for all to struggle for a truly democratic education system that excludes inequalities and includes diversities, an education system that liberates individual creativity and strengthens society to stand against any threat internal or external to the democratic rights and freedoms of the people. Let us all unite and resist higher education bills. Bring all possible pressure on your Member of Parliament including writing a post card to her/him to oppose the Bills in parliament.
With Compliments from
All India Forum for Right to Education
306, Pleasant Appartments, Bazarghat, Hyderabad -4, 04023305266 ……….……..……………………………………………………………………………………………
Presidium, All India Forum For Right To Education: Prof. Mehar Engineer (Chairperson), Ms. Madhu Prasad, Prof. Anil Sadgopal, Prof. Haragopal, Sri Kedarnath Pandey, Sri Prabhakar Arade, Sri Sunil…………………………Name and address of the local Organisation……………………………################################################An Appeal
THIS IS REALLY A THIRD TIME POSTING OF THE EARLIER APPEAL. THE MONSOON SESSIONS OF THE PARLIAMENT ARE GOING TO START FROM 1ST OF AUGUST. WE DO NOT HAVE LEFT ANY TIME WITH US . PLEASE HURRY UP AND START THE POST CARD CAMPAIGN.
THIS TIME YOU MAY FIND TWO EN CLOSERS; ONE, A SHORTER LEAFLET AND THE OTHER, A SPECIMEN POST CARD. YOU MAY TRANSLATE THESE IN TO UR LOCAL LANGUAGE AND TAKE UP THE CAMPAIGN.
Government of India is going to pass many a bills connected with
educational matters in the ensuing monsoon sessions of the Parliament.
All the bills are intended to further commercialize education and
siphon public funds to the private operators in the name of highly
publicized Public Private Partnership (PPP). They are intended to
bypass the legislature, judiciary system and put all powers in few
central bodies appointed, essentially, by central government. They are
intended to establish a new trade friendly regime in place of the age
old institutions like UGC, NCTE, AICTE, MCI etc. Yes, the present day
regulatory bodies are not good, but all those bodies which the government want to establish anew, 'The National Council', 'Tribunals', 'Acredition Authority' and the regime of World
Trade Organisation are going to be worst possible systems. A detailed
analysis is made in the leaflet attached.
All India Forum for Right To Education (AIFRTE) proposes to take up a
nation wide Post Card Campaign through the length and breadth of the country.
A considerable number of citizens of every parliamentary constituency
may write to their respective MPs requesting them to stand against the
pending bills in higher education and also to request him to demand
the government to withdraw the 'offers' given to the WTO in higher
education sector. A prototype post card is attached here with.
Please translate the post card and leaflet in to your own language.
Distribute the leaflet widely and ensure posting of minimum 100 post
cards to every MP in your state. please forward the message in your
circle to widen the campaign.
please find four attachments, two in word form and two in pdf.
Please acknowledge the receipt of this appeal
D. Ramesh Patnaik,
All India Forum for Right To Education
--डा वी एन शर्मा / Dr.V.N.Sharma
Cell No.9431102680,Member, Secretariat, All India Forum for Right to Education (AIF-RTE),Working Committee Member, Jan Sansad &
Co-ordinator, Jharkhand Shanti evam Nyaya Yatra (JSNY)