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The Foreign Educational Institution Bill Against the Interests of Dalits,

by mudasser — last modified 2010-03-19 15:52

The Foreign Educational Institution Bill Against the Interests of Dalits,
Adivasi, Minorities and Other Backward Classes

The Foreign Educational Institution (Regulation of Entry and Operation)
Bill, 2010 championed by the Cabinet Minister Shri Kapil Sibal, seeks to
facilitate the entry and operation of foreign institutions, which will set
up centres and offer degrees in Higher Education as well as Vocational
education India. Papers report that the Bill was approved by the Cabinet on Monday, 15 March 2010. This bill had been pending for the last four years, since it could not be tabled in the Parliament due to the spirited
opposition by the Left Parties and the democratic student movement during the previous government's tenure.

Bill violates the state obligations under the Constitution Articles 15 (5),
23, 24 and 46: In pursuance of the above Articles, special programmes forextending educational opportunities to SCs and STs are taken up by State. Institutional arrangements for their development, including earmarking of specific percentage of funds from the budget for various development activities in the form of a Special Component Plan for SCs and Tribal Sub-plan for STs are in operation.

Misguiding reasons given for bringing in the Bill: With 160,000 Indians
studying abroad, spending $4 billion a year in fees, Bill is supposedly to
bring in the resources and quality education to the country. On the
contrary, this Bill will not bring in any additional quality educational
institutions to our country. The existing provisions in the country which
are already privatised at the higher educational levels are sufficient to
bring in Schools of excellence. This is an attempt to further legalize
profiteering by substandard and commercially driven educational providers to come and set shop to make it a flourishing business in the country. The Bill exempts all these foreign educational providers from obeying any reservation which will further increase the discrimination both at the student as well as teaching levels.

Appeal: The problem which our education sector faces cannot be handled by promoting and allowing more private and foreign educational providers who have a free run. What is required is a significant increase in government spending on education and implementation of the Special Component Plan and making Schemes under this a right and entitlement which can claimed by the Communities. We request you to write your opinion to the PM, Leaders of the Political Parties and all MPs and protect the interests of the Dalits, Adivasis, Minorities and Other Backward Classes.

 

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