Out of 1,700 degree colleges, only 178 are in Government sector: AISF
KURNOOL: The All India Students Federation activists staged a demonstration here on Tuesday demanding increased number of seats in Schedule Caste welfare hostels in the district. The students took out a rally from the CPI building to the Samkshema Bhavan and met Deputy Director of Social Welfare Chakradhar.
AISF leaders Ranga Naidu and K. Venkat Narayana said though the poor SC students got seats in the colleges they were unable to pursue education because of the exorbitant cost of living. They said increase in the number of seats in hostels could be the only way to help the students.
The AISF pledged to carry out the struggle until the seats would be increased. Meanwhile, the AISF district general body meeting was held on Tuesday, which was attended by CPI leaders K. Ramanjaneyulu and K. Jagannatham.
Mr. Ramanajaneyulu said the AISF had greater responsibility of safeguarding the educational interests of the weaker sections as the Government was on the verge of withdrawing all support from them. This would lead to a situation of only the rich having access to education while the poor would be deprived of it.
They alleged that the Government was weakening the public education system systematically by not filling up the vacancies.
The AISF leaders said out of 1,700 degree colleges, only 178 are in the Government sector. Only three had regular Principals. Also, most of the colleges did not have full-fledged staff.