Andhra Pradesh

PDSU activists burn copies of G.O. on private varsities

Students during the protest against the GO MsNo. 30 in Ongole on Monday. —photo: Kommuri Srinivas

Students during the protest against the GO MsNo. 30 in Ongole on Monday. —photo: Kommuri Srinivas  

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Students under the banner of the Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) staged a demonstration here on Monday in protest against the State government’s decision to rope in private players in a big way to start higher education institutions.

The students led by PDSU State general secretary K. Mallikarjun came in a procession to the busy Church centre and set ablaze copies of GO Ms No. 30 aimed at promotion of Greenfield universities of international standards. They raised slogans against the draft Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) Bill.

Abdicating its responsibility of providing quality education in the public sector, the government was providing space for self-financing private universities, the protesters contended. Such universities would lead to commercialisation of education and distancing away of lower and middle class people from higher education, they feared.

A group of students demonstrated near the Gandhi statue in front of Kurnool Collectorate, under the aegis of Rayalaseema Janata Party, demanding scrapping of G.O. 120 which violates the Presidential Order of 1974 and deprived MBBS seats in Sri Padmavathi Medical College for Women at Tirupati to aspirants in Rayalaseema region. While MBBS seats were filled in all medical colleges in the State, G.O. 120 was discreetly issued altering the 85:15 ratio of local and non-local candidates, RJP president K. Satyanarayana Gupta alleged. Meanwhile, the 13 selected MBBS students moved the Supreme Court and an order of the apex court was awaited, he added.

He feared that the government was considering extension of G.O. 120 to all medical colleges in the State from next year.

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