Students Protest For Central Law

Government criticised for not protecting interests of students from weaker sections of society.

GULBARGA: Students from different schools trooped out of their classes on Thursday and held a noisy protest in the city demanding Central legislation on admission to professional colleges and protect the interests of students seeking admission in unaided private professional colleges.

The students affiliated to the Students Federation of India (SFI) came in a procession and shouted slogans against the Government for not protecting the interests of students from the weaker sections of society.

They formed a human chain around Vallabhbhai Patel Chowk disrupting the movement of traffic for more than an hour. They also burnt an effigy representing the State Government to voice their protest. They marched to the Deputy Commissioner`s office and held a dharna outside the office.

In a memorandum addressed to Minister for Higher Education D. Manjunath and submitted to the district authorities, the students demanded that the State Government pressure the Union Government to enact a law on admissions and a fee fixation policy for professional colleges. The memorandum also demanded an increase in the budgetary allocation for education in the State and Union budgets.

While the increase in the State budget for education should be at least 30 per cent, the Union Government should ensure that 10 per cent of the total budgetary allocation is spent on education.

The students also demanded the establishment of a women`s degree college in the City and a government pre-university college in all taluk headquarters. They also demanded that the Government fill all vacant posts of teachers in schools.

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