Delhi state committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) organized a dharna on the questions of education and employment. Students, teachers and youth participated in the dharna. The dharna was presided by SFI State Secretary Comrade Sunand. Dharna was addressed by Rajeev Kunwar; Vice-President of DTF and CPI (M) state committee member, Sanjeev Kumar; state secretariat member of DYFI, Prem Tiwari; JLS, Asha Sharma; Delhi secretary of JMS and state secretariat member of CPI (M), KM Tiwari; secretary, Delhi state committee, CPI (M) and Pramod Singh; DYFI state president and CPI (M) state committee member.
Speakers pointed how the 24 trust colleges of DU are being pushed towards autonomy. These ‘autonomous’ colleges will be required to arrange their own funds, which will mean fee hike and poor quality diploma and certificate courses. The students from the poor and working class families will be hit the most by this.
Neither central nor Delhi governments have opened any new college in Delhi in the last 15 years. While more than 3 lakh forms are filled every year, only 60000 seats are available at the UG level. The condition of degree colleges in Ghaziabad and Noida is also similar. On the other hand, private institutions are mushrooming and students & parents are forced to face their harassment. Our concrete demands were: stop the agenda to privatize colleges in the name of autonomy, stop fee hikes, start new colleges and start evening shift in existing colleges.
At the same time unemployment continues to rise unabated. While Modi had claimed that 2 crore new jobs will be created; only 2 lakh new jobs have been created in the non-farm sector, last year. The demand to remove the ban on new government recruitments and implementation of employment guarantee act in Delhi was raised in the dharna. These demands will continue to be raised in the coming days.
Pictures of the Dharna –