Special Correspondent

‘Unrealistic policies creating confusion’

Thiruvananthapuram: Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy has blamed the Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government for the mess in the higher education sector resulting from its impractical and unrealistic policies towards self-financing professional colleges.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Chandy said the Government buried social justice and merit in the higher education sector.

“Option, registration, re-option, confusion” this was the situation in this sector, he said. “There are four types of fee structures guiding the professional institution, making the P.A. Mohammed Commission recommendations a farcical affair,” Mr. Chandy said. The Government was now finding it difficult to impose 100:1 ratio in these colleges, let alone the 50:50 quota.

The option schedules were yet to be announced, while most of the neighbouring States completed the admission process. The Government failed to institute an inquiry into the alleged software problem that disrupted the first schedule that had become obsolete in the backdrop of the court verdict.

Tracing the short history of the growth of self-financing professional colleges, Mr. Chandy said the LDF Government’s haste in undoing the UDF Government’s 50-50 seat-sharing norm that by and large withstood legal scrutiny was solely responsible for the confusion.

VS told to apologise

Mr. Chandy said Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan should apologise to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his Government’s failure in submitting a memorandum requesting Central assistance under the Calamity Contingency Fund instead of staging his proposed hunger strike in front of Mr. Singh’s residence. The Chief Minister proclaimed his stir plan on June 29, much before the State submitted the memorandum. The memorandum was submitted only on July 30.

The stir was politically-motivated and a ploy to divert attention from the problems in the LDF, he said.