Students hit out at HRD report

Published on April 05, 2015 13:21:21 PM
Union Human Resource Development ministry’s report suggesting the scrapping of UGC has sent shock waves across student community.

Many students have expressed their anger against the HRD report that appeared recently.

Discussions were going on in the online media as well, debating the future of universities and the researches being conducted in them, in the event of UGC's scrapping.

Earlier, the HRD report submitted to the minister Smriti Irani had stated that the UGC has turned into a mere education funding institution and charged that it has deviated from its desired functions.

The students stated that the report testifies the intellectual bankruptcy of the HRD officials. They said that contents of the report were a deliberate attack on the researchers. "Already universities have delayed our monthly fellowships and grants, forcing many to take up part time jobs to sustain themselves. We have to wait for months on end to receive our meager fellowships, while the money is already transferred from the UGC’s account to the Universities. Recruitments to faculty positions have also considerably reduced since the new HRD minister assumed  charge,’’ said a student on condition of anonymity.

The students charged that the government is not keen on filing vacancies in new universities and city colleges, as they are inclined towards privatisation of the education sector at the cost of government institutes. 

Terming the report as an attack on the India’s higher education level, research students alleged that the HRD minister wanted to help the private money making educational institutions by wiping out government aided colleges and universities.

The students stated that after spending years in universities and colleges doing intensive research they were now finding it futile to continue their studies, as they have not received any rewards for their work.