Shimla: The state unit of the Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M) today came out strongly against the BJP government for opening the floodgates for private universities in the state.
Comparing the education sector of the state with Bihar the party alleged Himachal has earned the reputation of being another ‘Bihar’, where all sorts of educational degrees are being available for a price.
In a statement issued today Tikender Panwar, member, state secretariat CPI(M) said the party has decided to launch a state wide agitation on this issue and and it will move court against rampant privatisation of higher education in the state.
He said, the higher education sector in private domain in Himachal has become a laughing stock throughout the nation. Far from making the state a hub of higher education, as claimed by the government, the state has completely ruined its prestige.
The facts came out by the inquiry conducted by the government in the case of Manav Bharti University on the complaint of the CPIM. Despite the report the government has still not taken stern action in the matter, he added.
Tikender said, the murky happenings at the EIET University at Baddi during first counselling had made it clear that the objective of converting a college into university was to make money by resorting to all sorts of irregularities with the blessings of the BJP government. He also said the Chitkara University held its counselling in Chandigarh so that no one comes to know about what it was doing.
He alleged the BJP government of promoting institutions “of the outsiders, by the outsiders, and for the outsiders” by facilitating transfer of land, allowing them to start various courses without obtaining the mandatory approval of the regulatory bodies like the AICTE and extending other facilities.
He mentioned the case of private college at Dhaliara in Kangra which has thrown not only the state government in the dock but also the functioning of the NCTE, which allowed the aforesaid college to admit 200 students in B.Ed. course. The college was allowed to start M.Ed classes without even checking the qualifications of the faculty and other staff members.
Tikender said, even Shanta Kumar, a former chief minister and a senior BJP leader had raised the issue of a nursing college in Palampur which was functioning without staff and proper infrastructure.
The CPI(M) urged the Union government to order a CBI probe into the affairs of National Council for Teacher Education, alleging that it had become a cesspool of corruption. It also urged the state government to take action against the officers responsible for such lapses in the HPU and the education department.