By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: The Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS) on Thursday said that the ruling BJP has been attempting to safrinize the education system of the country by approving the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the new NEP 2020, thereby replacing a 34-year-old National Policy on Education, framed in 1986. The NEP 2020 has made sweeping reforms in school and higher education including teaching.
Opposing the NEP 2020, SMSS president Bitu Sonowal said, “The BJP is trying to bring all the higher education institutions under the public private partnership mode. Thereby, the education system of the country will be privatised, commercialised and safronised.”
“Introducing the idea of ‘autonomy’ of the colleges and universities, the BJP government has tactfully phased out the government funding to the higher education institutes. Such move will motivate the colleges and universities to increase the prescribed fees for sustaining. As such, the colleges and universities will become a commercial hub for collecting huge revenue,” he said.
The student leader said, “In the NEP 2020, with the proposal to form National Higher Education Regulatory Authority, the BJP government is trying to centralise the education system in the hands of the Centre. It will demolish the federal structure in the country.”
Further criticising the new education policy, he also said, “To fund the colleges and universities, the NEP 2020 has also proposed formation of a Higher Education Grant Commission. This commission will precisely work as a facilitating agency for welcoming the private investors in the education sector.”
Sonowal condemned the BJP’s alleged attempt to to impose the Sanskrit as a compulsory subject by introducing the NEP 2020.
Sharing that the SMSS sent a memorandum to the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, opposing the draft education policy, 2019 on July last year, he added, “We appeal the teachers, students, intellectuals and the entire conscious citizens of the country to come out and oppose the implementation of the NEP 2020.”
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