STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 4 September
Staging an impressive rally here on the eve of Teacher&’s Day, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad ( ABVP) said the state government should fill up vacancies in teachers posts, abolish the block grant system and extend grant-in-aid to all colleges.
The entire higher education system in the state has collapsed, teachers and students are the worse sufferers, said the student leaders drawn from different parts of the state. They blamed the Naveen Patnaik government for the ‘mess in higher education’ in the state.
Hundreds of teachers post are lying vacant, basic infrastructure is not there in many colleges and instead of addressing these problems, the Naveen Patnaik government is indulging in populist measures like distributing laptops to meritorious students, said state secretary of ABVP Mr Hitesh Sahoo.
It is a matter of shame that teachers are neglected and they are forced to agitated on the streets of the state capital almost round the year, he remarked.
We will fight for the cause of our teachers and each college will go on strike if the government does not fulfill the demands, they said.
Higher education is treated as a burden by the government and brokers, dishonest businessmen and realtors have taken over the education sector in Odisha. The government has facilitated entry of such elements whose sole aim is to exploit and earn profit, charged the student leaders.
Listing out their demands, the ABVP leaders said the block grant to college teachers should be abolished and full grant in aid be given to them, all vacancies of lecturers in colleges must be cleared within a specific timeframe, five hour duty of college teachers in campus should be strictly implemented.
The other demands included construction of adequate number of hostels, regular monthly payment of scholarships to students, 15 percent reservation for local students in the e-admission process to technical instituti8ons, restructure seat capacity of all private engineering colleges and a legislation with stringent penal provisions for those found guilty of question paper leak before examinations.