Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: The central committee of the Students' Federation of India (SFI) will hold a study camp for delegates from the southern States here in July-end. The State committee has decided to constitute a reception committee and a meeting in this regard will be held on May 22 at 5.30 p.m.

In a press release here on Wednesday, State secretary of the SFI N. Anantha Naik said the SFI was fighting for the cause of students and had been involved in various struggles to extend uniform, qualitative and scientific education from the past four decades.

Only 8 per cent of students in the country were getting higher education as education had become a marketable commodity. Successive governments were responsible for this development, Mr. Naik said.

It had become difficult for those from economically backward, poor, Dalit and backward communities to pursue higher studies, he said.

Education was a major tool of social transformation and this was especially relevant in a country like India where regressive forces still prevailed. Proper education would act as a tool against such forces, he said.