Friday, August 12, 2011

AASU moves Govt over education policy

 GUWAHATI, Aug 11 – 
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) today handed over a copy of 78 resolutions on the State Education Policy and its demands on such polices to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma seeking its early and effective implementation to bail out the education system from the existing ‘dismal’ scenario.
Beside other demands, the AASU laid special stress on making the education system free from political interference and even sought decentralization of the entire system.
“The government, over the years, has failed to address the issues concerning theeducation system. The education system lacks vision or a clear-cut policy, which is why implementation of the resolutions is a must,” AASU adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya told media persons today.
Among others, the students’ body also put stress on setting up institutes for higher studies, development of the infrastructure on schools and colleges and upgradation of basic standard of primary education.
The AASU further demanded setting up of Government Law College, Government B Ed College and Government Engineering College in every districts of the State.
“Like the private sector, even government schools should have play schools for students between age group of 3 to 5. We want the government to set up and attach such play schools in each of the lower primary schools of the State,” Dr Bhattacharya asserted.
The 78-point resolutions and demand also touched issues concerning excessive holidays for the educational institutes.
The AASU also demanded increase in the annual grant for Gauhati University.
“Besides, the government should allot Rs 100 crore each to Gauhati University, DibrugarhUniversity and Assam Agriculture University which would help in introduction of new courses. We also want Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) and Indian Institute of Management(IIM) in the State,” he further added.
Steps to streamline teachers’ appointment process, delinking of +2 from colleges, overhaul of examination system, especially the marking system, change in the existing syllabi and curriculum have also been demanded by the students’ body.

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