The State Government’s move to close down certain sections in Government–run junior colleges on the pretext of inadequate number of students is nothing but a prelude to closure of colleges themselves in the days to come, said the Lok Satta Party on Wednesday.
Addressing a media conference, party Working President DVVS Varma and Secretary P Bhaskara Rao said the move was part of the Government design to privatize education and cover up its inefficiency.
It was strange the Government sought to shut down sections in junior colleges which provided higher education opportunities to poor, rural children even as it would not bother about engineering colleges which had sprouted to milk Government funds through the fee reimbursement scheme.
Mr Varma said that the colleges would not go without students if it introduced job-oriented, short-term courses, improved infrastructure and appointed quality faculty.
The Lok Satta leaders welcomed the Anti Corruption Bureau inquiry into APIIC land deals with Emaar and other companies and demanded that special courts be set up to go into corruption cases against top officials and politicians.
Mr Varma took exception to CPI leader K Narayana’s call to people to hang the Prime Minister and burn leaders. Far from creating a revolution, such calls would undermine democracy. Leaders should try to elevate public discussion and not promote hatred and clashes to get publicity mileage.