While BHU and AMU praise UP anti-national draft policy, opposition says it promotes RSS ideology

first_imgThe Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Dinesh Sharma asserted that anti-national activities would not be tolerated in private universities in the state.”If the universities engage in activities including any seminar which are anti-national in nature, then action would be taken on them as per this law. Some time back, in some universities, anti-national activities happened but there were no provisions to control them,” he said.Regulation of private universities With this, he also laid emphases upon the need for regulating private universities in the state as it will ensure better functioning of these universities.”Private Universities Act has been conceived so that these universities could work in a smoother environment. 27 private universities are active till now and some new universities have put in their applications. They will be given three months’ time by the Higher Education Council to accept the regulations by the universities. If the universities don’t give their acceptance in three months, it will be considered deemed acceptance,” he added.”The Private Universities Act was not in force in Uttar Pradesh till now. Each university was working on its own under an unclear set of guidelines. The examinations, processes, and syllabi of these universities were different from each other. There was no law to control them,” he said.Aligarh Muslim University on anti-national activities on university campusesThe Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Wednesday applauded the Uttar Pradesh cabinet’s decision to crack down on anti-national activities on university campuses.”We have zero tolerance policy and I think every institute should have the same. Our alumni are in 108 countries around the world. You won’t find a greater national movement anywhere else,” said AMU Public Relations Officer (PRO) Omar Saleem Peerzada.advertisementBHU students on the anti-national activities on university campusesBHU or Banaras Hindu University’s students also praised the decision saying:”We should congratulate the UP cabinet on the appreciable decision they have taken. This decision should have been taken at a national level.””This will prevent students from engaging into anti-national activities,” said Surendra Tripathi, another BHU student.Uttar Pradesh anti-national draft policy According to the draft, private universities will have to give an undertaking that their campuses will not be allowed to be used for “any anti-national activity.”It says universities will have to abide by the promise they had made during their foundation as per the law, that is to “preserve the secular, democratic fabric and aspire for universal brotherhood and tolerance”.Commenting on the development, UP Private Universities Association Secretary Pankaj Agarwal said, “The move is welcome but there is nothing new in it. We in the constitution of our university have these points and abide by it,” Agarwal said, adding educational institutions are sensitive towards it.Uttar Pradesh cabinet has cleared a draft ordinance asking universities to give an undertaking that anti-national activities won’t be allowed on their campuses.”We induce nationalist character in students and synch their energies to channel it for the development of the country. I think this is paramount as youngsters are the energy of a nation,” said Peerzada.The opposition on the anti-national draft policyThe draft ordinance to ban the use of campuses of private universities for “anti-national activity” has not gone down well with the opposition, with the Congress saying that the move smacked of “foisting” RSS ideology on educational institutions.UPCC general secretary and spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said, “The hidden purpose behind the law is to create fear and pressure on educational institutions for foisting RSS ideology.The law, when enacted, will act as the sword of Damocles and the universities will constantly face the threat of de-recognition,” he said, adding it was “sort of dictatorship.”He said the educational system will not improve if the government controls institutions and if there is no scope for freedom of speech. With this, he also said that it was an attempt by the Yogi Adityanath government to exert greater control over private universities and the education system, particularly given the lack of clarity over what defines “anti-national activities”.(With inputs from PTI and ANI)Read: Goa and J&K govt order 10% EWS quota to be implemented in jobs and educationRead: Delhi University guidelines for sports trails out, date and venue decidedlast_img

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