Government fusing ‘neo-liberalism’ and ‘Hindutva’ in education: CPI(M)

New Delhi, Jul 12: Accusing the government of fusing “neo-liberalism” and “Hindutva” in education, the CPI(M) today called upon students, teachers and people in general to oppose the Centre’s education policies. In an editorial in the latest edition of party organ ‘Peoples’ Democracy’, former general secretary Prakash Karat said various steps taken by the government, including the legislation being brought forth to abolish the University Grants Commission (UGC) and set up a Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), has brought into sharp focus the “assault” taking place on education.
“What is emerging is a toxic fusion of neo-liberalism and Hindutva in education. For students, the prospects are of escalating fees and inaccessibility of entry into institutions of higher education and a general deterioration in the standards of public school education. “The resistance to the twin onslaught on education is growing. It is necessary to mobilise students, teachers and all concerned citizens to unitedly oppose the Modi government’s retrograde educational policies,” Karat has said. (Agencies)